GLASSBORO, N.J. — Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity hosted a “habitation” ceremony on Friday, October 18 as a way to welcome the Samantha Brown and her family to their newly completed home on Truman Avenue in Glassboro.
Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said that home ownership is part of the fiber of our country.
“Owning a home is a part of the American dream,” Damminger said, “and Habitat for Humanity strives to make sure qualified candidates can find an affordable home they can grow their family in and live in for years to come.”
Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity is a community-driven nonprofit organization that develops partnerships with local businesses, churches, community groups, and other individuals to tackle the problems of affordable, safe, and decent housing for all. Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity, since its founding in 1986, has built over 24 single family homes in the local community.
According to their website, as an approved affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity is directly responsible for all aspects of Habitat home-building in its local area: fundraising, site selection, family selection and family support, construction, and mortgage servicing. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build more Habitat houses.
Freeholder Deputy Director Frank J. DiMarco, Liaison to the Gloucester County Housing Authority, said it takes a lot of work on the family’s part to get a house done.
“While Habitat for Humanity’s partner families are eligible for reduced cost homes, they still have to put in a lot of work,” Dimarco said. “Partner families work 350 hours with Habitat for Humanity, two hundred of which must be done on the construction site. By putting in this work, families are able to put even more of themselves in their house by helping to build it alongside habitat members.”
Families must also complete a Homeowner Course Program including courses on financial literacy, household maintenance, a section on counseling, DiMarco added.
For more information on how to get involved, you can call Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity at (856) 256-9400 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org