April is Home is the Key Month at Habitat Chesapeake!
Throughout the month of April, Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country are celebrating Home is the Key Month. Together with sponsors, community leaders and supporters, this campaign aims to raise awareness about the need for more families have access to decent, affordable housing and to emphasize the fact that home is the key to a safe and stable environment where parents, children and grandchildren can thrive!
Here in Baltimore, we brought together home industry experts from Apex Tools, Harkins Builders, DAP Products, CORE Maryland and the Richardson LaGrant Group of Cummings & Co. Realtors for a 2-day volunteer event putting the finishing touches on homes in Sandtown alongside two partner families currently in our Homeownership Program.
Volunteers spent the day dry-locking the basement of one of our homes and painting and framing another. Wendy LaGrant, co-owner of Richardson LaGrant Group of Cummings & Co. Realtors joined her real estate team on site on Friday ready to work! Guided by HabiCorps Trainees, Wendy’s team jumped right into painting the basement “We are just so excited to be here,” said Wendy who has volunteered with Habitat Chesapeake for Women Build in the past, “this year I worked with Habitat Chesapeake to bring my entire team along and we are looking forward to lending a hand today.” Another realtor chimed in “I love seeing the other side of brining a family home, we rarely see a home in the construction phase and almost never get to help in building the home. It’s more than just selling a home or constructing a home, we are giving someone an opportunity to call this place their own.”
Having a place to call their own is just the beginning and the impact of owning a home is only the foundation. In fact:
- Children of homeowners score 7% higher in math and 6% higher in reading on average than children of renters.
- Children of homeowners are 19% more likely to finish high school and twice as likely to attend college.
- Parents who own their own home are 16% more likely to participate in community and school groups and 28% more likely to vote.
Having a decent, affordable home, and in particular one that is your OWN IS the key to a brighter future for families and communities. Likewise, having dedicated volunteers who understand the power of home is the key to Habitat’s mission.
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