From first steps to family holidays, the moments families share at home are the key to their strength and stability. Creating affordable homeownership is the basis of our work here at Habitat, and I am happy to report that we currently have 21 affordable homes in process for families. We have welcomed Sekea, Cheris, Darnice and Griselda to the Habitat family and wish them all the best as they complete their program requirements to become Habitat homeowners.
Over the years, we have come to understand that providing critical home repair work is an avenue for preserving affordable homeownership. Ensuring that some of the most important assets in a neighborhood – the people – can remain safely in their homes also means that they can contribute to the stability and revitalization of their communities. Thanks to investment from Welfare Foundation and Barclays, we are a working partnership with our Habitat colleagues in Sussex County to scale healthy homes repair throughout the state of Delaware.
Helping residents identify the changes they wish to make in their own neighborhoods, and helping them come together to make that change, is a key to our Rock the Block initiative. We concluded our largest Rock the Block program to date on the Eastside in the Fall. We look forward to scaling this program to serve the Northeast, this year. In partnership with Republic Services, we will conduct a three – tiered Rock the Block program.
Our Restore Refrigerator Replacement Program continues to serve low-income Delmarva customers with energy efficient refrigerators for just $50. And thanks to the generous support of DCF and individual donors, we have for the first time, offered mortgage relief to Habitat homeowners impacted by COVID.
We have been greatly blessed here at Habitat, by the faith and generosity of our community and the commitment and tenacity of the families we serve. Thank you for helping us open the door to life’s key moments for our homeowners.
With much appreciation,
Kevin L. Smith