16-Home Development: The End of the Beginning
Several years ago we began working with the West Pullman community with the vision of transforming a vacant block into a 16-home development on the corner of 119th and Union Avenue. In the winter of 2018, we realized that goal due to the hard work and energy of supporters like you.
On paper, West Pullman is a middle-market neighborhood with high levels of homeownership and great housing stock, but the area is so much more than that. West Pullman is a neighborhood full of history, resilience, and personality. It is a neighborhood full of passionate individuals who care about the prosperity of their community.
December 2018 marked a very special occasion for us as we wrapped up the final Home Dedication Ceremony on the 16-home development, ushering in a new era as we proceeded to our next project in West Pullman on Emerald Avenue. Right around the block from Union, Emerald also held vacant lots, filled with untapped potential.
Looking back at our journey on Union Ave., it’s joyful to reminisce. The block saw the start of many incredible initiatives that helped fund and build homes, including five annual Women Builds, the Pope Francis Home Challenge, and the very first House That Tech Built. We got to see initiative and engagement from the bowling brothers, and so, so many smiling faces at Home Dedication Ceremonies. Several of these events came to fruition with the help of our incredible partners, including Exelon, Salesforce, Thrivent, BMO, and many more.
The houses themselves would be nothing without the families who reside within them, however. Today, 16 families live side-by-side as respectful neighbors and active community members, invested in their own futures as well as the future of West Pullman. A once empty block is now home to unique families each with their own stories. Together, they are building a stronger, more stable neighborhood.
The houses that we build reflect the area in size and style, but it’s the families that make each one of them special. We’ve learned from our homeowners that no dream worth having comes easily, but we’re ready to take what we’ve learned and continue to help West Pullman grow. We hope you’ll join us for the ride!