Donated House Offers Many Benefits
Rapid City, SD (02-18-2014) – NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources and the Rapid City Fire Department are partnering to provide some valuable training for the fire department and help demolish uninhabitable, dilapidated structure.
In 2012, the City of Rapid City donated 820 Lemmon Avenue to NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources to support their mission of providing decent, safe, and affordable housing. Due to the major repairs needed on the home, NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources will be demolishing the site and building a new home on the lot.
Prior demolishing, NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources has offered the structure to be used for fire safety training. The Rapid City Fire Department will use the structure as a training resource February 18th through the 22nd. This hands-on training opportunity will provide realistic training for a high risk, low frequency event. Having the opportunity to participate in realistic training in a controlled safe atmosphere will better prepare the department for real time experiences.
Immediately after the Rapid City Fire Department completes their training activities, NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources will pay for the home to be demolished and the debris to be removed. As a result they will be cleaning up the building site and the neighborhood.
A new home will be built in its place for a low- to moderate-income family, according to Joy McCracken, executive director of NeighborWorks®. NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources is looking for a family interested in home ownership.
The residents throughout Lemmon Avenue and surrounding neighborhoods are very happy to see the progress in their neighborhoods. “Replacing run-down properties with new homes improves the neighborhood and furthers revitalization efforts. Our neighborhood seems like a different place. You go around town and talk to people and they can’t get over how clean Lemmon Avenue is looking.” stated College Park Block Club president John Haag.
Over four years ago, the Lemmon Avenue residents started working closely with the Rapid City Police Department and NeighborWorks® to stop crime and build up their community. They created a block club and the College Park Community Garden located at 706 Lemmon.
NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources has had great success with rehabbing and rebuilding decent, safe, and affordable homes throughout out Lemmon Avenue and surrounding neighborhoods. In 2013, Wells Fargo donated a property to NeighborWorks that was foreclosed and uninhabitable. That site was demolished and was able to provide an affordable homeownership opportunity to a local Rapid City family.
NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources is a private nonprofit organization that has been assisting in providing decent, safe and affordable housing and revitalizing neighborhoods for twenty years. NeighborWorks® has helped more than 980 families realize their dream of homeownership. NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources provides decent, safe and affordable housing and revitalize neighborhoods throughout the Western South Dakota communities. For more information on NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources contact Stephany at 605-923-6007 or visit us on the web at www.NeighborWorks®dhr.org
For more information on the Rapid City Fire Department and the fire safety training contact Rapid City Fire PIO Calen Maningas for additional information.