Eastern Shore Land Conservancy
WHAT WE BUILD
Habitat for Humanity is committed to empowering more people to improve their housing situations. We believe that adequate and affordable housing is foundational helping to make life better for millions of people and transforming entire communities.
Click here for the 2014 annual report from Habitat International to learn more about the progress being made by US and international Habitat affiliates.
WHY WE BUILD
To understand the difference Habitat Choptank is making locally in the lives of of its home buyers, read a few of our Home Owner Stories.
About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity Choptank is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help individuals and families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
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About Habitat for Humanity International
HFHI Mission Statement
Our Affiliate History and Mission
Since 1992, our affiliate has completed 64 homes and currently has 4 homes under construction. We rely on volunteer labor and financial and material contributions in order to successfully partner with qualifying families in building decent, affordable and energy efficient homes in Dorchester and Talbot Counties.
Houses are sold at no profit to partner families and financed with an affordable mortgage, including the option of a zero-interest Habitat mortgage. Monthly mortgage payments including taxes and insurance are repaid by the Habitat homeowner over 30 years and are often less than what that home owner once paid in rent. These mortgage funds are reinvested into our "Fund for Humanity" which combines with other financial gifts to support the construction of future homes in our two-county region.
We strive to build not only homes but also to collaborate with all people interested in the quality of life in our community through the creation of affordable housing opportunities. Our partners include: community leaders, government agencies, other non-profits, community groups, local businesses and realtors, interfaith organizations, developers, and volunteers and other individuals.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Habitat Choptank boasts a dedicated Board of Directors consisting of Dorchester and Talbot County residents. As part of their role, Board members serve on or serve as chair of at least one committe and actively participate in board meetings; many volunteer on the building sites and take on special projects. To read more about our directors, click here.
Greg M. Whitten - President
David J. DeLuca - Vice President
Edward P. Colaprete, Jr.
Steven P. Doehler
R. Andrew Hollis
Rev. Emanuel Johnson
Charles A. Lyons
Chuck J. Weber, Jr.
Barry S. Wildstein
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Habitat mission work? With volunteer labor, tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat volunteers partner with families in need to improve our community through the construction of simple, decent, and affordable housing.
Why homeownership? Many people who have small but steady incomes are unable to purchase a home through a conventional mortgage. Every family's physical and spiritual well being, as well as their sense of dignity and self worth, is tied to having a decent place to live. Homeownership empowers working families to become community investors.
Do you receive funds from Habitat for Humanity International? We are financially independent from International. The national organization shares its brand and operations materials with us in order for us to function as an affiliate. While occassionally HFHI provides affiliates with opportunities to apply for grant funding for designated projects, we are responsible for raising funds for our operations.
How does the partnership with new homeowners work? Habitat does not give away homes. Rather we partner with volunteers, donors and funders, and qualifying families in need to build decent and affordable homes. Each Partner Family is required to earn Sweat Equity hours. This reduces the cost of the home, increases the pride of homeownership among family members, and fosters positive relationships with other people. Habitat is a "hand up, not a hand out".
How are the "partner" families selected? Carefully and thoughtfully. Interested individuals complete an application follwed by an office interview and a home visit by volunteers from the Family Selection Committee. Applicants are assessed on the basis of their housing need, their willingness to partner with Habitat, and their ability to repay an interest-free Habitat mortgage.