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 $610,000 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 2019 grant recipients:
Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne; Goldsboro, NC – $25,000 – Since 2001, Habitat for Humanity of Goldsboro-Wayne has served 148 families through new construction, home renovations, a “Brush With Kindness” home repair program, and overseas partnerships. Their newest project will provide nine new homes across three streets, all within 0.3 miles of each other in one of Goldsboro’s highest poverty census tracts. Building homes in this area will not only provide homeownership opportunities to nine families, it will also inject fresh life into a neighborhood that may not have otherwise seen investment. Because several of these lots will have to be subdivided, Habitat Goldsboro-Wayne will be using a portion of CAHEC’s funding for planing costs. The balance of the funding will cover tap fees, other infrastructure costs, and will help them expand their Homeowner Learning Lab.
Habitat for Humanity of Susquehanna; Bel Air, MD – $15,000 – For over 26 years, Habitat for Humanity of Susquehanna has been the only nonprofit organization providing home building and repair services, financial education, and credit coaching for very low-income families in Harford and Cecil counties. Their newest project will include one detached home and three duplexes and will be their first attempt at a small subdivision, rather than a scattered site approach. The detached home will serve as a demonstration home and design template for building future “aging in place” homes, which will ultimately help senior homebuyers for years to come. Habitat Susquehanna will be using CAHEC’s funding to purchase an Access Permit from Maryland’s Department of Transportation State Highway Administration.
Habitat for Humanity of Madison County; Huntsville, AL – $10,000 – Habitat for Humanity of Madison County has been serving families since 1987 and has helped open the doors of affordable homeownership for 292 families. They are currently preparing to develop a new neighborhood consisting of 31 single-family homes in Huntsville over the next three years. This will be the first complete development where the affiliate has had to construct roads and infrastructure. Habitat Madison County will be using CAHEC’s funding to cover these planning and infrastructure costs, including clearing of property, widening/constructing streets, and installing electrical, water, and sewage systems.