Habitat chesapeake celebrates june as national homeownershiP month alongside housing advocates across the country
Raising awareness for benefits of homeownership during the month of June
June is designated as National Homeownership Month and emphasizes Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake’s ongoing commitment to providing decent, safe, and affordable homeownership opportunities to individuals and families across Baltimore City, and Baltimore, Howard, and Anne Arundel counties. Every June, National Homeownership Month recognizes the importance of helping families and individuals achieve their dream of homeownership and the impact it has on building generation wealth and financial stability. Alongside national organizations like the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake is highlighting the benefits of owning a home in Baltimore alongside The Baltimore City Department and Housing and Community Development (DHCD) who work to improve the quality of life for all Baltimore City residents by revitalizing communities and providing access to quality affordable housing opportunities in safe, livable neighborhoods.
In celebration of National Homeownership Month, Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake will host the following events:
- Home Dedication (June 3rd): The first Habitat Chesapeake home to utilize insulating concrete forms (ICFs), a sustainable, noncombustible concrete building system that will reduce upfront expenses and on-site construction time while maximizing the structure’s durability and energy performance.
- Information Session (June 14): Six O’Clock Session with Live Baltimore
- Corporate Construction Team Builds: Visit our Facebook Page for photos
With over 780 homes built and 2,500 family members housed across Baltimore City, and Baltimore, Howard, and Anne Arundel Counties, Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake continues a commitment to ensuring that everyone has a place to call home. With a national housing shortage and ever-increasing costs of living, families are forced to make impossible choices between housing, food, medicine, and transportation. In Maryland alone, 1 in 7 individuals spend half or more of their income on housing – an unsustainable trend that must be addressed through increased access to affordable housing solutions.
Here are some of the visible impacts of affordable homeownership.
“The program is great for people like myself who are in unique situations. I am a single parent of three who went back to school to further my education. A high student loan can oftentimes be a barrier when you want to move forward with the next phase of your life. Habitat for Humanity gives you hope and opportunity.” – Whitney, Habitat Homebuyer
“Something as simple as having a lock on our bedroom door has become one of the most amazing things about owning our new house. I can’t believe it’s our own.” – Tasnim, Habitat Homebuyer
“I can go to work, come home, stick my key in the door and know that this was something that I had accomplished. I know a lot of people are out of work and not able to pay their mortgage, but I am able to do that. It gives me joy to know that I have something that I thought I never could have.”
– Clementine, Habitat Homebuyer
Like Habitat Chesapeake’s most recent homebuyer in Baltimore County, all Habitat homebuyers are matched to homes with a zero-percent interest, affordable monthly mortgage capped at thirty-percent of their annual income. Habitat homebuyers also benefit from financial education classes and contribute 250 “sweat equity” hours earned working at Habitat build sites and Chesapeake ReStores.
For interviews highlighting the benefits of affordable homeownership or Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake’s commitment to providing decent, safe, and affordable homeownership opportunities to individuals and families across please schedule using the contact information below.
Britt Hayes, Director of Marketing and Communications
Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake (www.habitatchesapeake.org) brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Since 1982, Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake has built more than 780 homes in 19 communities, providing a brighter future for 2,700 children and family members. Homeownership is proven to transform lives – improving health, increasing children’s chances of academic success and offering an opportunity to build wealth across generations. Likewise, homeownership enhances neighborhoods by bringing tangible investment, engaged, long-term residents, rising property values and a sense of community.