Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Since its inception in 1982, Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake has partnered with more than 700 families in Baltimore City, and Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties to make their dream of homeownership a reality.
As Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake has expanded over the years, it has grown from rehabilitating or building one individual house at a time to focusing on revitalizing entire neighborhoods. With so many Central Maryland homes in need of repair, especially within Baltimore City, Habitat Chesapeake now rehabilitates houses as part of our greater effort to transform entire communities. Rehabbing homes throughout a neighborhood helps to build strong community relations between all neighbors. Habitat Chesapeake coaches and encourages homebuyers to become a vital part of their community through participation in community associations and other activities.
Habitat for Humanity does more than build houses – it partners with homebuyers, volunteers, donors, businesses and community organizations to transform lives and rebuild communities. Through Homebuyer Academy classes and investment in “sweat equity” hours volunteering on the construction site, homeowners learn the skills necessary to successfully own and maintain a home for the rest of their lives. These individual homeowners become part of a larger group that works to bring change and new life to communities. Through community planning and neighborhood engagement, Habitat Chesapeake encourages the growth of healthy communities throughout Central Maryland.
We are at a unique crossroads in Baltimore and throughout Central Maryland – the need for affordable housing grows greater and so does our determination and commitment to do more. With its recent merger with Habitat Sandtown, Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake’s reach continues to expand. Construction forecasts for the next three years include work in the Sandtown, Woodbourne-McCabe, Mt Winans and Orchard Ridge communities in Baltimore City, as well as properties in Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties.
To keep the cost of building durable and energy-efficient homes as low as possible, Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake relies on volunteers to assist the construction staff and subcontractors on the build sites and partners with a number of organizations in order to purchase quality construction materials at discounted rates.
Once construction is completed and homebuyers move into their homes, it is important that home operation and maintenance costs remain affordable. To keep these bills low, each home is built with energy efficient materials and standards in mind. This improved functionality helps lower monthly bills and also reduces the carbon footprint of each Habitat home.
Find out more at www.habitatchesapeake.org