Meet our projects on Kelley St. in Harrisonburg, and learn a little about the history of it’s community.
We have two homes going up on Kelley St. at 226 and 232. The home at 226 is sponsored with funds from the Neighborhood Stabilization Project and the home at 232 is sponsored by Harrisonburg Mennonite Church and Ridgeway Mennonite Church.
226 and the neighborhood Stabilization Project
We purchased the lot at Kelley St. and demolished the declining home that was there, allowing us to build two homes for families in need.
The Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) provides grants to every state, certain local communities, and other organizations to purchase foreclosed or abandoned homes and to rehabilitate, resell, or redevelop these homes in order to stabilize neighborhoods and stem the decline of house values of neighboring homes. Read more about NSP.
232 Sponsored by Harrisonburg Mennonite and Ridgeway Mennonite Churches
The build at 232 Kelley St. is being sponsored by two local Mennonite Churches in cooperation with Massanutten Technical Center.
The floor and wall structure of the home was built by students at Massanutten Technical Center (MTC) and will be transported to the site.
From there, we will be using volunteers and funds from Harrisonburg Mennonite and Ridgeway Mennonite Churches to complete the build for the Gonzalez family.
Kelley St. History and The Historic Dallard-Newman House
Our fellow Non-Profit NENA (Northeast Neighborhood Association) is working to preserve African American History through efforts at the Dallard-Newman House on Kelley St., one of the City of Harrisonburg’s oldest and most enduring monuments to African American culture and heritage.
NENA started as a neighborhood watch program with the Harrisonburg Police Department but grew from there.
The Dallard-Newman House is only a short walk away from our build on Kelley St. As Central Valley Habitat builds in the neighborhood, we hope to support NENA in making their efforts in the area known.
Ms. Karen Thomas says, now, the community does not have the crime it used to and they want to focus on beautification and preservation. NENA was successful in getting the Dallard-Newman district recognized as a historic district and are actively working to create a museum for local African-American history at a home in Harrisonburg built by the formerly enslaved.
Find out more about NENA and this project on their website: