Three Nonprofits Receive CAHEC’s Open Doors Homeownership Grant
Since 2004, CAHEC has offered the Open Doors Homeownership Grant to assist nonprofit organizations who develop for-sale affordable housing within our footprint. To date, CAHEC has awarded $560,000 towards this homeownership initiative to help provide housing to families earning 80 percent or less of the area median income. As our team of grant readers reviewed the applications this year, we evaluated how each organization addressed a strong community need, the positive impact their development would have on the community, and their strategy for alleviating the shortage of affordable housing. We also considered the social services provided to homeowners and the organization’s proposed use of CAHEC’s funding.
Congratulations to the 2018 grant recipients:
Habitat for Humanity of Philadelphia, Inc.; Philadelphia, PA – $25,000 – Since 1985, Habitat for Humanity of Philadelphia has built 212 homes and repaired 510 homes across the city, bringing the benefits of a safe, stable home and community to more than 1,700 people. Habitat Philadelphia’s next project includes building 20 new homes in the Sharswood neighborhood of North-Central Philadelphia. Each home will have two stories and be built to Energy Star 3.0 standards – including green roof installation. Green roofing further insulates the homes, improves air quality, improves the neighborhood’s look and feel, and lowers utility costs even more. They’ll be using CAHEC’s funding to pay for the green roof consultant fees that are incurred when designing the homes.
Habitat for Humanity of Craven County; New Bern, NC – $15,000 – For nearly 30 years, Habitat for Humanity of Craven County has been committed to promoting positive economic and sustainable change within their community. Over the next two years, they will be building seven new homes and substantially rehabilitating 2 homes in the Greater Five Points area of New Bern, NC. Because this will be a scattered site project, they will be using a portion of their CAHEC funding to purchase additional tools to outfit a second construction trailer. Additionally, they will be purchasing safety equipment and OSHA/ANSI compliant scaffolding to ensure the safety of their volunteers.
Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity; Savannah, GA – $10,000 – Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity (CEHFH) has been serving Chatham County, Georgia, since 1983 and has helped open the doors of affordable homeownership for 143 families. CEHFH’s next project will be to construct eight single family housing units within the city limits of Savannah and Garden City. Because research shows that most of their prospective homebuyers rely exclusively on smartphones to access their website, CEHFC will be using CAHEC’s grant funding to cover the costs of making overdue upgrades to their website to make it more mobile-friendly. They will also use a portion of funding to cover insurance costs for the project while it is in progress.