Habitat for Humanity continues NE Canton renewal with neighborhood enhancement



Aaron Brown, Director of Neighborhood Investment
Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio
Mobile: (330) 458-9729
Email: abrown@HabitatECO.org
Web: www.HabitatECO.org

Beth Lechner, Executive Director
Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio
Mobile: (330) 323-4523
Email: blechner@habitateco.org
Web: www.HabitatECO.org

Habitat for Humanity continues NE Canton renewal with neighborhood enhancement

Canton, Ohio, September 19, 2017 – Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio is completing a new neighborhood enhancement at the corner of Edwards Avenue NE and 19th Street NE on Saturday, September 23. Canton Mayor Thomas M. Bernabei and members of Rotary Club of Canton will volunteer to apply the project’s finishing touches from 8:30am to 12pm.

The pocket park, which will also serve as a bus stop, is a substantial investment toward the goals of Habitat for Humanity’s Renewal Project, a four year, $3.5 million investment in the Harrisburg Royal neighborhood on Canton’s NE side.

“Through the Renewal Project, Habitat is working to strengthen the whole neighborhood from the inside out by improving community safety and pride, increasing property values, creating distinct areas of beautification, and developing engaged and active residents,” said Aaron Brown, Director of Neighborhood Investment. In just one year of Renewal Project efforts, Habitat has utilized new construction, preservation construction, demolition, and critical and minor home repair to positively impact over forty families in the neighborhood who were in need of some type of housing assistance.

On Saturday, volunteers will complete the pocket park installation by assembling benches, trash receptacles, a bike station, and a community bulletin board, as well as preparing and placing planters. In true community fashion, this pocket park is possible through Habitat’s partnerships with the Canton Joint Recreation District, The City of Canton, The Belden Brick Company, Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA), and Harrisburg Royal Neighborhood Association.

About Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio:

Serving Stark, Carroll, Tuscarawas, Harrison, and Jefferson Counties, Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio is driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live. People partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, Habitat empowers. To learn more, visit habitateco.org.

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