Neighborhood Revitalization Target Area: Woodland Heights
After a year of careful consideration and an assessment of various neighborhoods, we name Woodland Heights as the targeted area for Neighborhood Revitalization. Woodland Heights is a neighborhood located in the northwest corner of Springfield, Missouri. The area is frequently referred to as Springfield’s Zone 1, an area of the city identified as needing community improvement.
Habitat staff, board, and the NR committee recognized several neighborhood assets that led to naming Woodland Heights as the targeted area for our first NR community. Woodland Heights has an active neighborhood association with several motivated resident leaders. There are several community assets such as Lafayette Park, Reed Middle School & Bowerman Elementary School, and the Moon City Creative District. The community also has several current programs to engage the neighborhood such as the annual Dirt Days event.
Woodland Heights Statistics:
- Population: 3,314
- Total Housing Units: 1,447
- Vacant Housing Units: 15%
- Owner Occupied Homes: 53%
- Median Home Value: $71,100
- Median Income: $21,231
- Individuals below poverty level: 39%
- Families below poverty level: 35%
Through NR, Habitat for Humanity will continue to provide home building and repair services, in addition to building partnerships with churches, schools, nonprofits, civic groups and businesses to provide an array of services that address the neighborhood goals determined by residents of Woodland Heights.
- Join Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, MO, Thrivent Financial and the greater faith community to make an impact in Woodland Heights. Together we will Rock the Block completing home repair projects ranging from yard cleanups to painting and minor exterior repairs. 100 volunteers from the faith community are needed to be the driving force of this event! Please join us as we put God’s love into action.
- Volunteer Opportunities – If your church group is interested in volunteering during Rock the Block, please contact Aaron Norrick, Volunteer Coordinator at 417-829-4001 x 112.
- As part of Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, MO‘s Neighborhood Revitalization, volunteers from CoxHealth& Thrivent Financial/Greater Ozarks Associates – Thrivent Financial cleaned up Jefferson Ave. in the Woodland Heights Neighborhood. With the help of 100+ volunteers, Habitat for Humanity completed 14 A Brush with Kindness projects including mowing, trimming bushes, hauling away yard waste and more, and 3 Critical Home Repair projects for Woodland Heights residents. The event impacted 38 individuals in 4 hours!
- Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, MO launched its Neighborhood Revitalization program in Woodland Heights with a Rally in the Alley on Saturday, July 16, 2016. During the Rally in the Alley 75 volunteers from The Courageous Church worked alongside Habitat’s construction team and 25 residents of Woodland Heights removing debris and yard waste from alleys in the neighborhood. The event impacted 300 homes in the Woodland Heights neighborhood in 5 hours!
You can help transform Woodland Heights into a neighborhood where people want to live, work and play. Contact Melissa Adler, Community Outreach Development Associate 417-829-4001 x 116, to find out more about Neighborhood Revitalization.