One of the practices that keeps the neighborhood revitalization work that Habitat does sustainable is Resident Leadership. As part of our revitalization of neighborhoods, Habitat identifies key individuals who are pillars of strength in a neighborhood. We rely on these leaders to continue the revitalization work long after Habitat has left the neighborhood. They know that their main job is to inspire other neighborhood residents to get involved in community efforts. Habitat’s main role in building Resident Leadership is to facilitate resources and opportunities that leaders can then use to empower their communities.
Neighborhoods thrive when residents use their voices, embrace leadership roles, and build collective power to realize the neighborhood’s own dreams.