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Habitat Executive Leads Group in a New Direction

Think Habitat for Humanity. What probably comes to mind are small, ordinary houses built one at a time in low-income neighborhoods.

Think again.

Leisha G. LaRiviere, in four years as the head of the Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity, is moving the organization far beyond the old business model for the ecumenical Christian housing organization. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 25, 2010 at 4:09 pm

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University of Richmond and RMHFH Build on Partnership in Highland Park

University of Richmond students, faculty, staff and alumni build Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity house in Highland Park neighborhood.

The University of Richmond is partnering with Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity (RMHFH) to build its 2nd Habitat house in Northside Richmond’s Highland Park neighborhood. The home build at 621 E. Brookland Park Blvd is part of The University of Richmond’s Build It program, the school’s largest sustained community-engagement initiative which began in Highland Park in 2005. Build It currently partners with six schools and organizations in Highland Park, providing services such as tutoring, mentoring, technology instruction, health and nutrition education, leadership development and labor for neighborhood redevelopment projects. The program develops long-term, reciprocal community partnerships that create experiential-learning opportunities for students while helping to fulfill unmet needs in the community.

This build has its roots in a long-standing partnership between the University of Richmond and RMHFH, which dates back to 1989 when UR students participated in the first RMHFH home build. In the early 1990’s, the Bonner Scholars Program arose out of this period of student volunteerism and its work with Richmond Habitat. The student-run University of Richmond Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter and the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) worked with RMHFH to coordinate the logistics of the build. U. of Richmond students, faculty, staff, and alumni began construction of the new home on February 24, 2010. The new Habitat home in Highland Park is being built to EarthCraft™ standards and will be rated in a variety of energy efficiency categories, including site planning, resource efficient building materials, indoor air quality, water conservation, homeowner education, and waste management. Read more at http://engage.richmond.edu/habitat.html

The University of Richmond and RMHFH will celebrate their sustained partnership and home build efforts at a special ceremony April 8 at 3:30 p.m. at the home build site. University of Richmond President Edward L. Ayers will work onsite from 2-3 p.m. and then join student, faculty, staff and alumni in the celebration, to include speeches, music, food, and tours of the home.

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April 8, 2010 at 12:17 am

Pillars at Oakmont Featured in Richmond Times Dispatch:

Habitat gets go-ahead, funding for mixed-income community in Richmond

By Carol Hazard
Published: February 10, 2010

Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity got the go-ahead yesterday from Richmond — and a commitment of $225,000 from the city, the largest to date — for its first mixed-income community.

The Pillars of Oakmont is a 15-home community that will be built at T and 33rd streets in Richmond’s East End near Armstrong High School. The units will be energy-efficient row houses sold at different price points based on the income of the buyer.

It is the first mixed-income Habitat-built community for the region and possibly the country. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 29, 2010 at 11:14 pm

RMHFH Board Member Profiled in Richmond Times Dispatch

Faith drives Realtors CEO

Faith drives Realtors CEO
By Carol Hazard
Published: February 15, 2010
Updated: February 21, 2010 10:24 PM

Just out of college and not very worldly, Laura Dillard Lafayette was handed an opportunity she couldn’t pass up.

L. Douglas Wilder, during his bid for governor, asked her if she wanted to be his press secretary.

“I was 23 and if he was crazy enough to ask me to be his press secretary, I was crazy enough to say ‘yes,'” Lafayette said.

The stakes were high. Wilder became the nation’s first elected black governor Read the rest of this entry »

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March 29, 2010 at 11:10 pm

A Historic Moment for Affordable Housing in Virginia: Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity announces the first Community Land Trust Development in the Commonwealth

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A Historic Moment for Affordable Housing in Virginia:

Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity announces the first Community Land Trust Development in the Commonwealth

On November 17th, Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity (RMHFH) announced the launch of Virginia’s first operational Community Land Trust development; a landmark moment in the history of affordable housing in Read the rest of this entry »

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February 15, 2010 at 2:15 pm