ROXBURY, NJ – A building containing six new condominiums, the final phase of Morris Habitat for Humanity’s affordable housing project on Main Street in Succasunna, was dedicated Wednesday.
Officials, volunteers and the new occupants of the housing endured wind-chill temperatures in the mid-20s to attend the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The Succasunna project stands on land that originally served as the site of Chestnut Hill School and later became a township Department of Public Works garage. Ground was broken for the project in October 2018.
The units are adjacent to nearly identical homes on the site that were opened last year. The 12-unit project is the largest in Morris Habitat for Humanities’ 35-year history, according to the organization.
Relying on donations of money and labor, Habitat for Humanity provides homes to families with limited incomes. The homes are sold to people who win a lottery and pass a screening process. Those selected must invest a significant amount of time helping contractors build the homes.
“On behalf of the mayor and council, I am so pleased to be here to help dedicate these beautiful new homes,” said Roxbury Councilwoman Jaki Albrecht. “Roxbury is a generous community. A community that, time and again, has risen up to help those in need. We urged our new residents to get involved in the community and to become part of our tradition of giving back.”
The project features 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom units.
“The new Succasunna homeowners have successfully completed at least 300 hours of sweat equity by working on their own condominiums and other Habitat homes, helping in the (Habitat for Humanity) ReStore, volunteering in a variety of ways to further Morris Habitat’s mission and completing homeownership classes,” noted Morris Habitat in a statement.
“This entire project is a testament to the generosity of our community,” Albrecht said. “Roxbury Township donated the property and committed $900,000 from its affordable housing trust fund to construction-related expenses for the project. There were many, many other individuals, businesses and churches that also contributed to make this project a reality.”
Both Albrecht and Roxbury Township Historian Marge Cushing stressed the historical significance of the parcel due to its role as the site of a schoolhouse between 1857 and 1903. A plaque noting this was recently installed at the site.
Attending the ceremony and thanking everyone who helped bring the project to fruition were the new homeowners:
- Madelyn Porte, a hospital customer service representative, and her 1-year-old son
- Erika Gonzalez, a sort manager for a package shipping company
- Mahmoud Abdelfhafar, a healthcare worker at two hospitals, and his wife and 4-year-old son
- Laris Mojica-Mateo, a transition specialist advisor at a university, and her son and mother
- Claribel Medina, a retail store department manager, and her 21-year-old son
- Hashem Ibraham, a shift leader for a retail store and an Uber driver, his wife and 17-year-old twins.
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