Applications are now being accepted for one low income home being renovated on Hillside Terrace in the Lake Tranquility section of Green Township, Sussex County.  Besides income qualifications, applicants must be able to afford normal monthly payments for utilities, taxes and an interest-free mortgage.  Other qualifications include a clean credit history and that their current housing is inadequate for their needs.

This split level home features 3 bedrooms, 1 and ½ bath, living room, dining room, kitchen,  family room on a wooded lot with a one-car attached garage

The most important part, as far as Morris Habitat is concerned, is the willingness of the family or individual to complete the full Habitat Application Process.  This process includes full personal disclosure and attendance and participation in home buyer education and willingness to contribute “sweat equity” in the amount of at least three hundred (300) hours helping to build their home.

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Carolyn Haraksin, the Director of Homeowner Relations for Morris Habitat, handles the application and selection process, which includes a special orientation, home visits and interviews. Recently she stated that, “working with prospective families has been the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had,” and went on to say that, “helping them to become active members of their new community brings me in contact with hundreds of people that makes this program so special.”  Once the homeowners are selected, a family partner is assigned and workshops are scheduled to prepare the families for home ownership.

Time is of the essence, since the Mandatory Orientations will be held on the following dates:


Morris Habitat for Humanity

274 South Salem Street, Randolph, NJ

April 8, 2015 at 6:00PM

April 11, 2015 at 10:00AM

OR at

Green Twp. Municipal Bldg.

150 Kennedy Road, Andover, NJ

April 29, 2015 at 6:00PM

May 2, 2015 at 10:00AM




To register for one of these orientation sessions, email with a subject line “Homeownership – Green Twp”.   The e-mail should include name, telephone number and which session you will attend.  The sessions start right on time, and no one will be admitted late.

To find out more about the program and application process check the Morris Habitat website or contact Carolyn Haraksin, Director of Homeowner Relations, at or by calling at 973.891.1934, extension 107





About Morris Habitat for Humanity:

Morris Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles by building homes, communities and hope. Morris Habitat is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; advocating for fair and just housing policies; and providing training and access to resources to help families improve their living conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. Morris Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.

Since 1985 Morris Habitat has served 280 households though home ownership opportunities, home preservation, and international home building programs. Morris Habitat has set a goal of 9 housing starts for 2014, completing 19 homes at 8 different sites during the year. In addition, proceeds from the ReStore, opened May 2007, have built 11 homes and diverted almost 4,000 tons of useable material out of landfills.  Located at 274 South Salem Street, Randolph. Store hours: Tues 12 - 8 p.m., Wed & Fri 10  - 6 p.m., Thur 10 - 8 p.m., Sat 10 - 5 p.m.