Not too long ago, the Harrisburg community was a thriving place to live, shop, worship and learn. Some residents remember when they could safely rock on their porches, chat over the fence with their neighbors, and walk to the curb market on a summer evening. In recent years, Harrisburg has experienced disinvestment, and the pride that once radiated through the community has dwindled. Turn Back the Block is a plan to return that sense of pride in the neighborhood and change lives for the better.
Recent statistics show that 22% of Harrisburg Homes are vacant or abandoned, and that less than 20% of the homes are owner-occupied. The ownership rate is nearly three times less than the national rate. Turn Back the Block is founded on the belief that home ownership is the axis for community transition. Using the existing housing stock in this historic mill village, Turn Back the Block enables individuals and families the opportunity to participate in the rehabilitation of their future homes via sweat equity. Our Family Selection and Shepherding Committee qualifies applicants and assists them in the process of home ownership, both before and after closing. Turn Back The Block offers low and interest- free mortgages to participants, and utilizes all payments to further our mission in Harrisburg.
Building a Future
Turn Back the Block recognizes that change will happen on a house by house, block by block basis, and only with the strong support of this community. Donations of property, funds, materials and labor are critical to the success of this project. Please join as an individual, business, or place of worship to help us “Turn Back the Block” in Harrisburg.
Jim Bennett, President and Finance Chair
Garon Muller, Vice President
Clay Boardman, Treasurer & Site Selection Committee Chair
Jo Ann Johnson, Secretary
Mike Gardner, Construction Committee Chair
Rick Herring, Family Selection & Shepherding Committee Chair
Phin Hitchcock, Outreach Committee Co-Chair
Brannon Sell, Outreach Committee Co-Chair
Lisa Taylor, Special Events Chair
Anne Catherine Murray
Christel Jiles, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org (706) 262-4000
Turn Back The Block is a 501c3 organization.