Launch Your career
in construction trades!

HabiCorps is an AmeriCorps Program that provides 10.5 months of meaningful, hands-on training focused on construction trades and landscape/property maintenance. Trainees serve the community while building Habitat for Humanity homes for families in need.

As AmeriCorps members, all HabiCorps trainees receive stipends, health care and child care benefits, along with student loan forbearance if eligible. Following successful completion of the program, trainees will receive job placement assistance, and an education award that can be applied to student loans or further education and training.

About the Program

Meet a graduate!

HabiCorps can be life changing for Trainees. Unlike many job training programs have sprung up over the past few years, HabiCorps is unique in that it is longer than most and offers much-needed pay and benefits. Additionally, the program offers case management support, job placement assistance, and – perhaps most importantly – the opportunity to learn while doing meaningful work, building homes for families in need and transforming communities that need investment. HabiCorps Alumni, David would agree and since graduating from the program his life has changed for the better:

“My participation in HabiCorps truly impacted my life. It gave me a career and taught me how to structure my life in a way that works best for me. I now have a life-long skillset. I’ve met some great people with kind hearts who were willing to (and ultimately did) help me as much as possible through many situations.

I appreciate HabiCorps for helping me to obtain a career job with Leonard A. Kraus Co. So far I’ve been an employee for 15 months.

My advice for new trainees  would be to not take HabiCorps program for granted – you would only be robbing yourself. Lean into the program and be open so they can help you to get out of your own way. HabiCorps will help you make a better you today, than you were yesterday so you will be great you tomorrow.”

What We Do

Meet the trainees

Kenneth

“I am looking forward to learning new skills that will help me advance in the construction industry.”

Bora

“I am looking forward to taking what I’ve learned and making a difference in the up-keep of my neighborhood and surrounding communities.”

Kennod

“I’m looking forward to the future and all the possibilities being a HabiCorps Trainee will bring. I would like to become a Brick Masonry and work in landscaping.”

What does being a HabiCorps Trainee mean to you?

“The HabiCorps Program is a family and I like how they look out for you. I enjoy the training and I’ve learned so much from all our instructors. It feels good to actually learn a skill and have people there to push and teach you to be professional while making sure you understand. Thank you for believing in me.”

What does the path forward look like for you?

“After I graduate from the program I would like to get a job with the City dealing with housing. I want to help with fixing up or rehabbing houses that are abandoned. I also want to further my career and study architecture learn how to design buildings. My dream is to design my own building, a boutique/beauty salon.”

What does being a HabiCorps Trainee mean to you?

“Baltimore is a great city as long as you stay on your path and your goals. But when your path gets diverted or you take a break, sometimes you can’t get back on that path again. HabiCorps is making is possible for my goals to come true.”

What does the path forward look like for you?

“Life looked so bleak to me before HabiCorps and now it just gives me hope that anything is possible. After I finish my training, I think I want to attend community college and study to become a master electrician or HVAC.

I have learned how to put in windows, lay concrete, how to put in insulation, drywall, and how every part of a house works with the other from heating to electrical to plumbing. In theory, I understand how an entire house is built in just a couple of months. I want to continue on with that.”

Our Newest Cohort

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake adds Landscaping and Property Management as new feature of the HabiCorps Program.

At Habitat Chesapeake we recognize that the dream of a Habitat homebuyer isn’t much different than yours or mine when it comes to owning a home. A modest house in a safe neighborhood with green space nearby is a common goal.

Habitat’s mission is to bring this dream to life, but unfortunately not all greenspaces are created equal. Too often, the neighborhoods we work in include several vacant, overgrown lots. In fact, according to the Baltimore Department of Housing & Community Development, there are more than 14,000 vacant lots in Baltimore City. And, with more than 16,000 vacant buildings – many slated for demolition – there are sure to be more. Beyond being eyesores, ill-maintained lots bring down property values and are public health and safety risks as they often become sites for illegal dumping and can attract criminal activity.

HabiCorps landscape design and maintenance of Habitat properties and nearby green spaces, will amplify Habitat’s impact in underserved communities. Enhanced landscaping, streetscaping and beautification projects have long been proven to inspire additional investments, improve property values and foster civic pride.

Using our own open lot properties and nearby green spaces as classrooms, HabiCorps trainees are learning about landscaping tools, techniques and best practices from one of the region’s industry leaders, Live Green Landscape Associates, LLC. Live Green has designed a curriculum and handbook especially for HabiCorps and are generously providing in-kind products and support on-site education to tackle vacant lot greening projects and improve the quality of life for Habitat partner families and neighbors alike.

The partnership is the ultimate win-win: providing hands-on training and experience for individuals who want and need jobs while bringing tangible investment to underserved neighborhoods. Thank you, Live Green, and our new HabiCorps landscaping track trainees, for building cleaner, greener communities where families can grow and thrive!

 

 

Breaking New Ground

HabiCorps Trainees lead the charge of the rehabilitation of 16 homes in East Baltimore’s Milton-Montford.

This year, Habitat Chesapeake is excited to extend our impact even further in the area just north of Patterson Park. Located in East Baltimore’s Milton-Montford neighborhood, the project was launched by the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition (HEBCAC) which approached us as a partner to amplify impact and ensure the neighborhood is diverse and mixed-income long-term.

Beyond the dozens of colorful, energy-efficient homes HEBCAC has already renovated, the neighborhood is home to ample green space, a rain garden, nonprofit organization Movable Feast and partners like John Hopkins University and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, which recently transformed Henderson-Hopkins Elementary/Middle School into a state-of- the-art learning center just a few blocks away.

Leading the charge on this project is our new class of HabiCorps Workforce Development Trainees who will work alongside volunteers as they learn framing, flooring, insulation and drywall and other skills.

The construction industry as a whole is experiencing labor shortages and HabiCorps is creating a pipeline of skilled workers, while offering a second chance to hard working individuals.

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake is eager to continue work in Milton-Montford and on the expansion of HabiCorps to transform many more lives and communities!

Interested in HabiCorps?

Or  contact Kristen Sheppy, HabiCorps Program Manager at [email protected] or call 410-366-1250.

AmeriCorps, a federal agency, brings people together to tackle the country’s most pressing challenges, through national service and volunteering. AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve with organizations dedicated to the improvement of communities. AmeriCorps helps make service to others a cornerstone of our national culture. Learn more at AmeriCorps.gov.