Sustainable Community Neighborhood Initiatives
Philadelphia, PA - North Philadelphia
In Philadelphia, in partnership with Philadelphia LISC and the Asociación de Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Inc. (APM), the Foundation has made a four-year, $1 million commitment to bring about immediate change and long-term solutions to North Philadelphia, a community that has struggled economically and socially. The goal of the Foundation’s efforts in partnership with the City is to create a lasting community network and infrastructure for the area that will catalyze revitalization. To do this, the Foundation has supported the construction of a new apartment complex adjacent to a commuter train station, upgrades for nearby existing homes to make them more energy and water efficient, and improvements to the streets and sidewalks that make them pedestrian friendly and provide shade from trees.
“APM is thrilled to have the neighborhoods we’ve revitalized through affordable housing and commercial development be the target area for this project. This is a multi-layered approach that will yield great results for the greening of Philadelphia as a whole but especially for the families in the community who commit to making a home not only of their four walls, but the land that supports it.” - APM President and CEO Nilda Ruiz> For more information on Philadelphia LISC, please visit www.lisc.org/philadelphia.
> For more information on Asociación de Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Inc., please visit www.apmphila.org.
Minneapolis, MN - Hawthorne EcoVillage
In Minneapolis, in partnership with Project for Pride in Living (PPL), the Foundation has granted $500,000 to revitalize a four block area in North Minneapolis that has been plague with disinvestment, poverty and crime for years. The area, dubbed the Hawthorne Ecovillage, is slated to create a model for community-based development, neighborhood revitalization, sustainable green building and landscaping. To do this, the Foundation has supported the construction of new and rehabbed healthy and affordable homes, a community garden, a tree nursery, a community center and improvements to the streets and sidewalks that make them more pedestrian friendly and safe for the community residents.
"The Hawthorne EcoVillage development represents a shared vision among Hawthorne neighborhood residents and leaders, community agencies and the City to respond pro-actively to area toughest issues: crime, poverty, rising foreclosure rates and vacant housing, unemployment, and overall resident health. It is one that uses best practices in community based development, neighborhood revitalization, and sustainable green development which will create a model for more healthy, stable, and livable communities." – Steve Cramer, Executive Director & President> For more information on Project for Pride in Living, please visit www.ppl-inc.org.
Miami, FL - Green Miami
In Miami, in partnership with the City of Miami, the Foundation has made a multi-year, $1 million commitment to environmental education and the preservation of the city’s greenspace and tree canopy as part of the Green Miami Plan. To do this, the Foundation provided grants to plant 1,000 trees, to develop the Miami Green Lab and to sustainably landscape Miami’s City Hall with native vegetation. The Foundation has also partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami to sustainably landscape Habitat development in Shrader’s Haven.
“City Hall is now home to hundreds of Florida native and Florida Friendly trees, plants and grasses. Like so much of what we have done to increase our tree canopy over the last eight years, it was made possible by The Home Depot Foundation. The Home Depot Foundation has granted our city $1 million towards sustainable initiatives, helping us to plant thousands of new street trees, provide fruit trees to residents, and promote eco-friendly practices through the Green Miami Campaign.” - Former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz> For more information on the Green Miami Campaign, please visit www.ourgreenmiami.org.