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Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity's 51st Partner Family is Coming to Franklin Township

The Thomas Family breaking ground David Polomski, Construction Manager, Jan Holmstrup, Executive Director, and Meg Helms, Board President. Credits: Malik Lyons

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Tania-sue Thomas recently broke ground on a new home fwhere she and her four children along with the Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity organization and community leaders,

Thomas is a single mom of four children - Marvin (20), Tavier (16), Tyelur (12), and Tameron (10). She and her three younger children currently live in an apartment in New Brunswick, 

"I am looking most forward to just coming home to a peaceful and quiet neighborhood," Thomas said. "Coming home to my new home with my children feeling safe. Registering them in school and them meeting new friends." 

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Tania-Sue has been a resource manager at an engineering firm for 10 years. While providing administrative support to the firm’s engineers, customer service to clients, and supervising eight employees, she has received accolades for her hard work, dedication and follow through. While Thomas has worked hard in her career, her income provides just enough for the basic essentials for her family, and the opportunity to own a home has been beyond her reach until now. 

"As a partner family of Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, the Thomas family will have an affordable mortgage in a safe neighborhood, a stable home environment, with a strong school district in the welcoming community of Franklin Township," said Jan Holmstrup, executive director of Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity.

Thomas fknew about the program through her mother who as been a RVHH volunteer for through her employer, the Peapack-Gladston Bank. Thomas asked her mother how to qualify for the program and how to get involved. After learning more about the program Thomas attended a home ownership meeting. 

"I am looking forward to feeling a sense of security for my children and myself," Thomas said. "I am looking forward to planting flowers in the yard and just sitting and watching my children play in the backyard." 

Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity is supported by Investors Bank, The Lowell Johnson Foundation, Township of Franklin, Somerset County Community Development Office, US Dept. of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) HOME Program, and Magic 98.3 FM. 

Criteria for a partner family homeowner candidate:

  • Currently and for the previous year either living or working in Hunterdon, Somerset, or one of the adjacent counties (Bucks, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Union, and Warren;
  • Currently living in inadequate housing or paying rent that is too high;
  • Able to afford the repayment of the interest-free mortgage and the utilities, taxes, insurance, and maintenance expenses;

After meeting the criteria, candidates follow an extensive two-phase process of submitting paperwork. Finalists are selected. Families are then chosen by a municipality lottery. Two more more families in Franklin Township will be added  later this spring.

More information can be found here online at http://www.rvhabitat.org/home-ownership-2/criteria/ or emailing info@rvhabitat.org or by calling 908-704-0016x18

Volunteers are needed both on the home builds and in the office. Contact  http://www.rvhabitat.org/get-involved/ or email info@rvhabitat.org. or call 908-704-0016 x18.

 

 

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