HHQ's Annual Block Blitz
Block Blitz 2015 was held on Friday, September 11th from 9am - 3pm in the Washington Square Park neighborhood on the City of Syracuse's north side. HHQ partnered with the Washington Square Neighborhood Association to make some much need repairs to the homes around the park.
What is Block Blitz?
Block Blitz is an annual community revitalization event organized by Home HeadQuarters that brings together homeowners, community partners, skilled laborers, and volunteers who donate their time and talents to help cleanup, landscape, paint, and repair as many homes as possible in a single day in a high-need neighborhood. In 2009, Home HeadQuarters decided to swap out our traditional fundraising dinner for this hands-on, volunteer-driven and community-sponsored event that both embodies our mission to improve the lives of underserved people and revitalize the communities in which they live and helps us raise funds to support our ongoing lending, property redevelopment and homebuyer education and counseling programs and services. Over the last five years, Block Blitz events have improved nearly 240 properties in low-income neighborhoods. This year’s event will be held in the Washington Square Park neighborhood on the City’s northside. Please check back for more details!
Block Blitz Goals
- Resolve exterior safety issues and code violations to improve the overall well-being of the neighborhood.
- Improve the neighborhood aesthetic through home and street beautification projects.
- Encourage homeowners to invest in their property and neighborhood and educate them about available resources.
- Strengthen neighborhood networks and improve community connections.
Block Blitz History
2009 N. Townsend St. in Prospect Hill & Otisco St. in the Near Westside – 19 Properties
2010 Ontario St. and Otisco St. in the Near Westside, Landon Ave. & Kennedy St. on the Southside & Orchard St. in Auburn – 54 Properties
2011 Grand St. & Heofler St. in Skunk City, Gifford St. & Otisco St. in Near Westside, Orchard St. in Auburn & W. Manlius in East Syracuse –57 Properties
2012 McLennan St. in Kings Park Landing and Marcellus St. and Marguerite St. in the Near Westside – 47 Properties
2013 Elm St. and Hawley Ave in Hawley-Green on the City’s Northside – 25 Properties
2014 Culbert St. & Delong Ave, Danforth-Pond-Butternut Neighborhood – 37 Properties
2015 Washington Square, Lemoyne Ave, Bear St, Carbon St, Park St, Lacy Pl in the Washington Square Park Neighborhood - 43 Properties
How Can You Help?
Whether you are a local business, skilled contractor, community organization or a community member, we are looking for your help!
Corporate sponsorship is critical so that we can purchase the materials and supplies necessary to meet our new goal of improving 50 homes in just one day. Our Tool Box & Community Builder sponsors will be recognized on all marketing materials.
In-kind contributions of skilled labor and materials such as paint, driveway sealer, mulch and plants as well as food & beverages for our more than 200 volunteers provide invaluable resources that allow us to provide quality home improvements.
Come help us paint, landscape, and renovate and bring your co-workers or employees! Block Blitz is a great team building experience and we welcome groups! For more information on how you can contribute to this great community development event, click below!
2015 Volunteer spots are now full! If you have any questions, please call 315.474.1939 and ask to speak to Mary Jo Richer.