Vacant House Becomes a Family Home

Hawthorn Hill transforms donated East Side house

Vacant House Becomes a Family Home

Last winter, Hawthorn Hill received a donated single family home from Wells Fargo. The home which was a foreclosure had been vacant for many months, and was in dire need of major renovations. 

Hawthorn Hill accepted the home donation to add to the housing inventory for its permanent supportive housing program The Home Connection. The Home Connection has 23 single family homes and three duplexes in its housing inventory. The Home Connection provides affordable housing and supportive services for very low income homeless families with children. The Home Connection program works with the families to help them attain financial independence through employment, job training and education to break the cycle of poverty. 

Hawthorn Hill was awarded funding from the Polk County Housing Trust Fund to help with the much needed renovations for the home. The City of Des Moines also awarded CDBG funding for the rehabilitation project. Hawthorn Hill is serving as the general contractor for the project and has utilized volunteers for painting and landscape work.

The rehab project has included a new roof, siding, windows, doors (interior and exterior) plumbing & electrical, driveway & sidewalk, furnace & hot water heater, deck, and kitchen and bathroom. It is anticipated that the renovation of the home will be completed by the end of September. The home will provide truly affordable housing for well-deserved homeless families in need.

Click here to see more photos of the remodel on the PCHTF Facebook page!