On July 16th, Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East will host a block party at their 21-home Helensview build site, located at Northeast 64th Avenue and Killingsworth Street in the Cully neighborhood.
The event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is sponsored by Lowe’s. Part of the celebration will include a gallery, showcasing meaningful objects of local residents.
The event will be a kick-off for the re-launching of the Helensview affordable housing project, which stalled in 2010, when Host Development closed its doors. The project is part of Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. For the next five years, Habitat will be focusing efforts in the Cully neighborhood that will include a wide range of community projects.
Over the next four weeks, Habitat will be interviewing residents in the Cully neighborhood and photographing an object that is important or has a story. The photographs will be displayed, along with the stories, in a gallery at the event.
“The idea is to display everyday objects like they are works of art,” says Eddie Barnhart, organizer of the show. “I’m excited. It will be like a neighborhood show-and-tell. Once you start talking with neighbors, there are actually a lot of stories behind the things we keep in our homes.”
The block party will be open to the public and include traditional Yucatan dancing from Grupo Lolbe and free food. The photo gallery will be displayed at local coffee shops after the event.
Habitat for Humanity Portland/ Metro East revitalizes neighborhoods, builds affordable and sustainable homes and empowers families through successful home ownership. Additionally, Habitat offers home repair services to low-income homeowners. For more information, visit habitatportlandmetro.org or call (503) 287-9529.
Neighbors are encouraged to participate in the event’s gallery by contacting gro.o1511407252rtemd1511407252naltr1511407252optat1511407252ibah@1511407252eidde1511407252 or calling (503) 287-9529, extension 39.