Cool blustery weather did not keep determined and dedicated volunteers from sprucing up one Colorado Springs neighborhood in need of some TLC. The City of Colorado Springs, Rebuilding Together Colorado Springs and the Energy Resource Center partnered to revitalize the Deerfield Hills neighborhood. Volunteers put in a full day on Saturday, May 12 to help improve the living conditions for the residents, eliminate the blight in the neighborhood, and preserve the affordable housing stock.
Twelve homes were rehabilitated with the help of volunteers. The work included home repairs, accessibility improvements, energy efficiency, landscaping, exterior painting, fence replacement and safety additions. The Deerfield Hills Community Center was painted by Honeywell volunteers. Concrete Couch coordinated the painting of a mural on the center by Turman Elementary School students.
Funding for the revitalization project came from the City’s Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program (funded by the Community Block Grant Program (CDBG) and HOME program) grants and $128,000 in donations from our community. Other organizations involved in this important community event included Home Depot, Sears, Booz Allen Hamilton, Honeywell, Sherwin Williams, El Paso County Housing Authority, Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs, American Society of Landscape Architects Southern Colorado, the Mayor’s Streetscape Solutions Team, Concrete Couch, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 113, Waste Management, Plumbers, Pipefitters & HVAC Service Technicians Local Union #58, Denali Stone USA and many more.
Deerfield Hills is a neighborhood located in the Southeast part of Colorado Springs. The street boundaries are Academy to the west, Drennan to the south and Hancock Expressway to the north and east.