Habitat for Humanity Tops BUILDER 100 List for Private U.S. Home Builders

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Dorchester: Construction volunteers John Burtman and Wayne Towers

BUILDER magazine has ranked Habitat for Humanity as the No. 1 private home builder on BUILDER 100, its annual listing of the largest U.S. home builders. This is the second year in a row Habitat’s work across the country has been recognized as a top builder of affordable housing in the U.S.

Each year, BUILDER compiles data from U.S. builders and ranks them by the number of closings for BUILDER 100. With 3,237 closings in 2015, Habitat topped the private home builder list and placed No. 16 on the comprehensive list.

“The homes that we build are the most visible part of our mission,” said Nancy Andrew, executive director of Habitat Choptank. “While we are an affordable home builder, we also bring value to our communities by building quality, durable and energy efficient homes that last. We don’t build a code minimum house.”

Better living conditions with an affordable monthly mortgage cost and with financial education can remove barriers to opportunity that might have been part of a family’s life for years, if not generations. “In healthy, affordable housing, people are empowered to make forward looking choices.”

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Talbot: Construction volunteers Gerry Fairbanks, David Perry, George DeSimone, and Norm Franck

Habitat for Humanity Choptank is one of nearly 1,400 independent Habitat organizations in the U.S. and has worked in Dorchester and Talbot counties for 24 years, helping families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance that comes from buying a home with an affordable mortgage.

“We are honored to be recognized as the top private home builder on this year’s BUILDER 100,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “This is a wonderful achievement for us and it could not have been accomplished without the support of our donors and volunteers, who help us empower families through shelter in every community we work in throughout the U.S.”

About Habitat for Humanity Choptank

Since 1992, Habitat Choptank has empowered 69 working households from Talbot and Dorchester counties to build a more stable and secure future for themselves through home ownership. Each home buyer contributed 300-400 hours of “sweat equity” in the building of those houses.  While selling its homes to mostly first time and even first generation home buyers, Habitat Choptank continues to maintain a less than 2% foreclosure rate with only one home foreclosed over the 24 year history. Currently, six buyers are working through Habitat’s multi-step program toward the goal of becoming successful home owners.  For information about home ownership, to volunteer with Habitat Choptank or to make a donation, visit www.habitatchoptank.org or call 410-476-3204.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity has grown from a grassroots effort that began on a community farm in southern Georgia in 1976 to a global nonprofit housing organization in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in over 70 countries. People partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.

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