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Oaklawn Revitalization

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“Neighborhood Revitalization is the way of the future and is an essential element of Habitat’s work. By focusing on entire neighborhoods, we can greatly increase our impact.”

- Jonathan Reckford, CEO Habitat for Humanity International

Oak Lawn Information:

Oaklawn is an identified neighborhood located in Lincolnton, NC. It is an older, established community with mixed-use development, but mostly residential. This includes single-family residential, multi-family, housing authority, rental properties, and homeowner-occupied properties. Churches, medical facilities, shopping restaurants, and local services and businesses are located within the Oaklawn Community, however the prevailing perception of the Oaklawn community details a neighborhood in decline. Although crime stats don’t support it, Oaklawn has a reputation as a high-crime area. While there are some well-maintained homes, a vast amount of properties are abandoned, blighted, or in need of repair. Despite the amount of disrepair found in the area, Oaklawn’s well-maintained homes demonstrate that a sense of pride does exist among some residents.

Oaklawn-based organizations like the Coalition of Churches group, which has worked tirelessly to maintain a sense of community among residents, carry on the cultural pride found in the area. This legacy of pride, self-determination, and hope still alive in those who grew up in Oaklawn remembers a rich history that is something to be preserved and cultivated.

Contact Patrick Rust at 704-748-1800 ext 102 to get more information or to get involved with this community development project.