Habitat for Humanity Choptank (Habitat Choptank) has kicked off its fundraising campaign for “The House that Faith Built,” the fourth of seven quality, durable and energy-efficient homes being built by Habitat Choptank in the Brooks Lane/Chester Park area of St. Michaels, Maryland.
“We are thrilled with the momentum of this project,” said Stephen Clineburg, Chair of the Faith Build Committee for Habitat Choptank. “The homebuyer has been selected, churches and their congregations have agreed to support the effort, and almost half of the necessary funds to complete the house have been raised. We are bringing to reality the Habitat principle that everyone deserves a safe, affordable place to live.”
Infrastructure work in the Brooks Lane development began this past fall with contractors installing the storm water and waste water management systems along Brooks Lane. Currently, the county is working on widening the road. The Faith Build Committee has raised $54,000 of the $55,000 needed to begin house construction. Habitat Choptank hopes to begin work on the Faith Build house this month.
The Faith Build house is being supported by church congregations and people of faith in the Bay Hundred, Easton and Oxford areas, including: Christ Church in St. Michaels; St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in St. Michaels; Union United Methodist Church in St. Michaels; New St. John’s United Methodist Church in Wittman; the Royal Oak Community United Methodist Church; St Luke United Methodist Church in Royal Oak; Bozman United Methodist Church; Neavitt United Methodist Church; The Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford; the Presbyterian Church of Easton; and Saints Peter and Paul Parish churches in Easton and St. Michaels. These churches and other individuals in the area will contribute prayers, construction volunteers, donations, and food for those working on the Faith Build house.
The Habitat Choptank homebuyer, Shavonte Greene has completed the requirements for home ownership with Habitat Choptank – “sweat equity” hours, savings and education courses – and will be able to call “The House that Faith Built” her home. Shavonte is a single mom to two active boys and works full time at Londonderry in Easton. She is looking forward to owning her first home in the town where she grew up.
For more information on the St. Michaels Faith Build, to volunteer, or to make a donation, call 410-476-3204 or visit www.habitatchoptank.org.
About Habitat Choptank
Since 1992, Habitat Choptank has made home ownership possible for 78 families and currently partners with 18 local home buyers. At present, 12 more homes are under construction in Dorchester and Talbot Counties, with plans to begin construction on three additional homes in St. Michaels in the coming weeks. Income qualifying home buyers are offered access to affordable mortgage financing in order to purchase a new construction or rehabbed home from the nonprofit’s project inventory. After completing “sweat equity” hours, attending pre-homeownership classes, and meeting debt reduction and savings goals, these individuals and families will purchase homes that they helped construct and assume the full responsibilities of home ownership including maintaining their home, paying property taxes and repaying their mortgage over 30 to 33 years. Habitat accepts applications for its home ownership program throughout the year. For more information, to make a donation that benefits our local community, or volunteer, call 410-476-3204 or visit www.HabitatChoptank.org.