Our director, Dominic Robinson, is a contributing writer at The Post-Standard. In this month’s article, he writes about “How everyone pulled together to revitalize Prospect Hill on Syracuse’s North Side“:
There are countless people like Brandiss, struggling but working hard to make their situations better. Her story shows that there’s no magic wand to help people overcome poverty; it requires a diverse array of supports over time. Her story also shows an important and complimentary relationship between affordable housing and home ownership.
“This is a perfect example of a community effort,” said Kerry Quaglia, executive director of Home HeadQuarters. “No one organization can change everything, but when diverse organizations and resources converge, it results in more stable and prosperous neighborhoods.”
Read the full article on syracuse.com.
End of March Updates
Written by admin • April 12, 2010
Two rehabs on Catherine Street are having the floors applied, countertops being installed, and finished painting. The other two structures, with drywall installed, the focus now turns to floors, interior painting and cabinets.
In other news on Catherine Street, Housing Visions was able to partner once again with the City of Syracuse and purchase the derelict and vacant structure located at 612 Catherine Street. They will soon demolish this building, opening the way for improvements that will be positive for the entire neighborhood. Besides removing a blighted structure, it allows for a more convenient entry point for the housing residents, and will also create more green space. This green space creates a safe and inviting area for the residential “tot lot” in which children can play.
The 500 block of N. Townsend still has exciting work in progress. The first building will have siding and flooring completed soon, the second has drywall being completed which will then be painted. The third building will continue to have paint, trimming and floors applied, while the last structure will needs to have insulation started and then the drywall can be installed.
Along the 600 block of N. Townsend, one of the two rehabs on the block has the majority of the building’s interior and exterior work completed. The other rehab will have paint and trimming applied. 604 has its framing completed and will have mechanicals up next. The last two homes will see mechanical work continuing with insulation and drywall to follow. The lone structure on Hickory Street has its flooring completed and will have miscellaneous items finished. The site work on all parcels will resume once the warmer weather settles in.
Housing Visions is currently accepting applications for Prospect Hill Homes as the next set of units will be available in the summer of 2010. Applications are available Monday-Friday (8:30-5:00) at their office on the corner of Maple and Genesee Streets, and at their Maple Heights facility (former Cherry Hill site). For more information, please visit their website by clicking here.