In 2013, Habitat for Humanity of Kent County had an opportunity to purchase 5.5 acres of land in the heart of the Roosevelt Park neighborhood. We could have just built our Habitat homes on that site and stopped there, but we didn’t. Inspired by our Roosevelt Park neighbors, we decided to think bigger.
With the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association and some other longstanding neighborhood organizations, Habitat Kent started talking with the people who know the neighborhood best – its residents. We went door to door, we hosted meetings, we conducted surveys, and we helped organize special projects and events that brought people together to talk about their hopes and dreams for the neighborhood.
In the years since Habitat Kent invited more partners to join the conversation with the residents of Roosevelt Park. Together, we explored the possibilities to bring the neighbors’ vision for a stronger, healthier neighborhood to life.
Enter Plaza Roosevelt: a neighborhood-focused plan to expand affordable housing, health, education, and economic opportunities for the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood.