Habitat for Humanity gives low income families a chance at home ownership, providing them “a hand up, not a hand out.” Families are selected by MVHH. They are required to volunteer a minimum of 250 hours to build their own home – as well as to help with the construction of other MVHH homes. The families then buy their homes at no profit and with the benefit of a 0% interest mortgage held by MVHH. New home owners are also given home ownership classes and a mentor to work with them throughout the process.
Members of our congregation began working on the Parker Street project in Lawrence, Massachusetts in the fall of 2013 – building and insulating walls, clearing debris, cleaning bricks and painting. When complete, there will be ten homes in this project – and at least two families have already been selected for ownership.