Build Blitz to Boost Legacy Home Project in Elsmere

Work will speed up on a special project designed to honor the founder of Housing Opportunities of Northern Kentucky (HONK).

The Legacy House at 219 Dell Street in Elsmere will honor Father Jack Goeke, who founded HONK twenty-five years ago.

Work began earlier in the summer but will pick up dramatically on Saturday and Sunday when a two-day "blitz build" starts.

The project is a partnership between HONK, the Building Industry Association of Northern Kentucky, and the City of Elsmere.

The single-family home will be framed by the all-volunteer workforce.

“By providing opportunities for our members to give back, it shows the care we have for our community, our support of home ownership at all levels and locations in our area, and to focus our members on their professionalism,” said Brian Miller, BIA executive vice president. This is the fifth project in which HONK and BIA have partnered. “With our involvement and support for HONK now spanning a decade it is exciting to see so much progress made to support home ownership in our region.”

HONK is a faith-based non-profit organization dedicated to affordable home ownership. 

“As HONK approached this important milestone, we felt the most fitting tribute to Father Goeke’s legacy would be to help a family realize their dream of homeownership in a home built by the community,” said David Hastings, executive director of HONK. “Toward this end, we are bringing together as many friends, family, and neighbors as possible to help build this home and create this opportunity.”

Much of the construction material has been donated by local businesses and further work on the house will be provided by volunteers from local churches and organizations.

The City of Elsmere facilitated the acquisition of the property at no cost to HONK. 

“The City of Elsmere launched its first ever strategic plan in 2016. One major aspect of that plan was cleaning up blighted properties all throughout the city,” said Mayor Marty Lenhof. “The City has taken a very aggressive approach in this regard but we wanted to do more than just demolish problem properties. While we are demolishing a number of problem properties, we also want to redevelop these same properties so neighbors can be proud of what replaces that previous eye sore.

"The benefits of working with HONK are tremendous. HONK gives individuals the opportunity to become home owners and chart a path for personal financial success. This is a win-win in so many ways.”

This is the second new home construction by HONK in Elsmere.

Since its founding by Fr. Goeke in 1991, HONK has completed 86 rehabs and built 34 new homes in 13 Northern Kentucky communities and helped 79 families and individuals realize their dream of homeownership.

-Staff report

Photo: Construction begins on the Legacy Project in June (via Facebook)