Our program Block Build is a two day build that brings together hundreds of volunteers, corporate sponsors and skilled professionals who will provide their sweat equity to make critical repairs, accessibility modifications, complete basic maintenance and beautification tasks. By targeting a specific area, our Block Build program builds upon our mission of revitalizing an entire block and in turn communities.
In 2017 Revitalize Milwaukee will introduce a new women’s build we call the Shevitalize Block Build. It is a women helping women event and will take place on October 6-7, 2017 in the Riverworks neighborhood. The Shevitalize Block Build is a unique partnership of female community leaders along with companies focused on women as executives coming together to fundraise, sponsor and revitalize a block of homes. The Shevitalize Block Build empowers women while helping families improve the place they call home. The Riverworks neighborhood was chosen for the Shevitalize Block Build because there is a large demographic of households headed by woman and the neighborhood leadership is primarily woman. The homes targeted for our first Shevitalize Block Build is on 3rd and 4th Streets between West Capitol Place and West Abert Place in the Harambee neighborhood.
The targeted area’s residents include an aging population of homeowners, a high percentage of residents who live below the poverty line and more than half of the households surveyed are headed by women and many children in residence.
The Shevitalize Block Build will comprise of at least fifteen full home repairs and an additional fifteen homes that will receive beautification projects. Full home repairs could include: skilled plumbing, windows, doors, electrical systems to critical repairs, accessibility modification and basic maintenance tasks. Each of the full home repairs will also receive beautification projects. Homes to receive beautification projects will range from general clean-up to landscaping to exterior painting.
The goals of the Shevitalize Block Build is to repair critical and emergency repairs to allow families to remain safe in their homes, to keep family units intact by allowing owner occupants to age in place and remain in their home and stabilize a vulnerable neighborhood while preserving affordable housing.
For Infomation on how to sponsor SHEVITALIZE contact us at 414-312-7531.