A few years back, the housing market collapse hit North Minneapolis hard, leaving houses abandoned and many residents in financial despair. As if that weren’t tough enough, a tornado tore through the area damaging homes and trees along the way. Since then, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity has been working in the Northside through its Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI). We have focused more homebuilding and repair efforts in the Jordan area and have worked to engage the community and better understand the needs of the neighborhood.
Among others, the Jordan Area Community Council (JACC) has become a key partner for our work in the neighborhood. We collaborate on outreach and facilitate discussions with neighbors to align Habitat's goals with the goals of the community. Together, we aim to determine what residents like, where improvements can be made, and what perceptions there are about living in Jordan.