Innovation House Program

Sparking change through CBFs


Innovation Houses are repurposed vacant houses occupied by Community-Building Fellows (CBFs) seeking to transform neighborhoods of concentrated distress by participating in community change. CBFs can be from any source, but they must commit to working 10+ hours per month in volunteer community or civic service. Rent is $300/month with utilities falling around $60/month. Ideally, CBFs will be full-time AmeriCorps members and fulfill the service requirement through their placements, but they need not be.

 NeighborScapes, in partnership with community-based organizations in Greater Englewood, is piloting a program to redevelop vacant houses and gather CBFs in service to the Englewood community. 


To Neighborhood

· Blight reduction

· Dynamic young residents

· Avenue for service by home-grown talent

· Civic engagement and community building activity

To Community Based Organizations

· Low-cost energy for defined programming

· Assistance in realizing a community-defined vision for improvement

· Community-building space and active community engagement

To Participants

· Leadership development experience

· Collaboration across silos in community work

· Community with housemates in shared residence

· Peer-to-peer learning and motivation for service and activism.

Our Current Locations

Englewood- 5719 S. Ada


Our first home! The house has been running since 2015. This location is currently filled with six residents who are dedicated to community service and the betterment of Englewood.  

Englewood- 5602 S. Ada


We have three rooms available in this building with four more to open at the finishing of renovations in the top flat of the home. 

Englewood- 6722 S. Green


We recently acquired this property in July and currently fundraising for funding to begin renovations. We expect this location to be ready for residents within a few months.

Community Building Fellow Application

If living in an Innovation House seems like a fit for you, download an application and send us a message in the "Contact Us" section below!

Eco-Innovation House application (pdf)


Contact Us

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1 (877) 214-6630

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