DuPage Habitat for Humanity Receives Governor's Hometown Award
DuPage Habitat is announced a project winner for the Governor's Hometown Award.
On Tuesday, November 20th, DuPage Habitat was honored with the Governor’s Hometown Award for their Greenbrook Tanglewood Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) project in Hanover Park, under the category Economic Opportunities.
Presented continuously from 1983 to 2014 and then 2017 to present, the Governor’s Hometown Awards (GHTA) program gives formal recognition to those who contributed to projects that improved their community’s quality of life. These projects are sponsored by local units of government that had strong volunteer support, met a need, and made a definitive impact, thereby generating a positive outcome in the community and by extension, the state. The program is administered by the Serve Illinois Commission, the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.
DuPage Habitat’s NR Program in Hanover Park is a major shift from its original mission to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope. The ultimate goal of NR is improved quality of life in a focus neighborhood. Over the past two years, DuPage Habitat has used this model to transform its work. Rather than focusing on building or repairing one house at a time, it has taken a strategic approach to transforming the Greenbrook Tanglewood neighborhoods, combining outreach, home repairs, community building and eventually rehabbing and building new homes to create a more welcoming and stable community for generations to come.
After an application submission, DuPage Habitat and the Village of Hanover Park came together to present the project in front of a panel of judges in Springfield on September 25.