Stephanie Buonarota of Morris Habitat for Humanity (MHFH), Reverend Denison Harrield, Jr., Blair Schleicher Bravo, CEO of MHFH, Kenneth Sauter, MHFH Board President, Catie Detri of MHFH, Annette Dwyer of Shaping Summit Together, Summit Mayor Nora Radest and Christopher Palazzi of MHFH all gathered at St. John's Lutheran Church to commemorate the 'Keeper of the Dream Award' presented to Morris Habitat for Humanity during the City of Summit's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.
The organization was honored for its ongoing commitment to bringing affordable housing solutions to the City.
Also honored that day with 'Keeper of the Dream Awards' were Zachary Lyman Brooks, Leonard Prentice and the Summit Environmental Commission.
“We’re honored to be recognized for bridging divided communities, continuing to live out Dr. King’s vision of putting faith into action as we work to bring more affordable housing to Summit,” said Blair Schleicher Bravo, CEO of Morris Habitat for Humanity. “Approximately 34% and 42% of homeowners and renters, respectively, have housing costs greater than 30% of their incomes. There is clearly a need for more affordable housing in Summit.”
Morris Habitat is currently collaborating with City officials to bring 12 units of affordable housing to the 146 Morris Avenue -- site of the Summit Italian-American Club. The project, approved by the Summit Common Council in 2017, will feature two, two-story six-plexes. Morris Habitat for Humanity worked in partnership with the city in 2012 to build a six-unit project at 39 Morris Avenue.
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