Pottstown NR Zone

Habitat Montco has been building homes in Pottstown since 2001. In 2016, Habitat Montco established a 6-block Neighborhood Revitalization zone encompassing the 300 and 400 blocks of Beech St, Walnut St, and Chestnut St. Habitat Montco works with 339 households through its NR work in Pottstown.

Activities:

  • Home Buying Program
  • Critical Home Repair Program 
  • A Brush with Kindness Program 
  • NR Committee
    • Committee of community leaders and organizations currently forming that will meet bi-monthly to help guide and bring resources and information to Habitat Montco’s NR Program
  • Rock the Block
    • Annual community clean-up day with community residents and volunteers
    • In April 2016, Habitat Montco partnered with Pottstown CARES and the Hill School to engage 200 students, community residents, and volunteers in this day of service. Work included 9 home preservation projects, installing rear house numbers, painting a local partner agency, maintaining community gardens, working on a Habitat home, and picking up trash throughout the community
    • The next Rock the Block will take place in April of 2017
  • Community Meetings
    • Held bi-monthly to identify local assets and challenges, work towards solutions, and facilitate resident leadership
  • Physical Property Assessments
    • Annual assessments of the physical condition of homes, commercial property, and vacant property within the NR zone to identify issues and measure progress
  • Community Resident Surveys
    • Annual surveys to measure residents’ quality of life, track progress, receive feedback, and capture residents’ challenges and aspirations for their neighborhood

Accomplishments:  

Habitat Homes: 5  

External Preservation Projects (ABWK): 9

Rock the Blocks: 1

Partners:  

  • Pottstown Borough Council
  • Pottstown Borough Code Enforcement
  • Mosaic Community Land Trust
  • Pottstown YMCA
  • Genesis Housing Corporation
  • Victory Christian Life Center
  • New Eden Community Development Corporation
  • Phillies Fire Company
  • Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities
  • Masjid Al Haqq
  • Hill School
  • Perfect Game Athletics

To learn more or get involved with Habitat Montco’s Neighborhood Revitalization Program, please contact Michelle Spada, Director of Family Services, at mspada@habitatmontco.org or 610-278-7710 ext 109.