GREEN TOWNSHIP, NJ - While the majority of homes Morris Habitat builds or renovates are within Morris County, the organization does not limit itself to the county boundaries; instead it goes where there is an opportunity to provide affordable housing.
Morris Habitat is currently partnering with Green Township in Sussex County to renovate a three bedroom split-level home. The town purchased the Hillside Terrace property with funds contributed by developers to meet their affordable housing requirements.
When the town decided to bring in an organization to manage the property, the first group that came to mind was Habitat for Humanity.
The “groundbreaking” ceremony was held on August 3 and was attended by the family selected to purchase the home: Jennifer Martinez and her three children as well as local town officials and Morris Habitat staff.
Work on the home began immediately after the ceremony as it coincided with a Morris Habitat Staff Build Day.
The home needs some basic repairs, as well as, heating and bathroom renovations. The renovations should be completed by December 2015.
Peg Phillips, mayor of Green Township spoke at the ceremony summing up the feelings of the day. “Green Township is very excited about this affordable housing project," she said. "Shortly after the township purchased this house, we determined we needed help to turn this housing project into a viable home. Thanks to Morris Habitat for Humanity, they are bringing the dream of home ownership true for a very special family. Our community welcomes Jennifer and her family. I hope that they quickly discover what makes Green such a great community and enjoy living here for many years to come.“
Volunteer help is needed; come alone or with family, friends, co-workers! No experience is required. To learn more visit www.MorrisHabitat.org or call 973-891-1934 and ask for Stephanie Buonarota, Director of Volunteer Services.
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 305 families though home ownership opportunities, home preservation, and international home building programs. During the past year Morris Habitat has completing 5 units, with 15 under construction, and finished 10 home repair projects. Thirty eight projects are in the pipeline for 2015-2017. In addition, proceeds from the ReStore, opened May 2007, have built 14 homes and diverted 4,400 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.