Building Strength, Stability and Self-Reliance through Service

At Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake we believe that every individual, regardless of who they are or where we come from, deserves a decent and affordable place to call home. Having a safe place to lay your head at night is the first step in building strength, stability, and self-reliance for the future. But believing is not enough. So we build.

When Habitat Chesapeake builds houses, we also build bridges between people of diverse backgrounds who come together and share in the fulfillment of a vision. This vision represents what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called the Beloved  Community. As January 19, the National Day of Service in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. approaches, it reminds us of the many helping hands who have played a critical role in serving our community. those individuals who have come together to not just build homes, but bridges that serve as connections between people of diverse backgrounds striving for a common goal: a fair and equitable society and a verdant and just Central Maryland.

This year, the National Day of Service looked a little different. With our communities on strict regulation due to COVID-19, we have decided to postpone our annual Martin Luther King Day of Service Build and use this moment in time to educate ourselves on the vision Dr. King so eloquently laid out before us, and the challenges we face in bringing it fully to fruition. We have decided to educate our team on redlining and housing discrimination in Baltimore by way of the Maryland Historical Society and have encouraged our staff to spend time reading The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein who in his text explains the need for the Fair Housing Act, its context and the consequences of barriers to equal and affordable housing.

Dr. Kings vision of the Beloved Community allows access, equality, and opportunity for all. Moreover, it fuels our belief that making homeownership accessible and affordable for low-income families is a critical component to creating the kind of future that Dr. King envisioned. We hope to remain carriers of his vision and doers of this “good work” through service, education and partnership.

Thank you for your partnership and your support in helping us bring people together to build homes, communities, hope…and a beloved community.

Attention Habitat homeowners and Applicants: We hope you and your loved ones are all safe and well! While we have suspended in-person meetings at this time due to social distancing recommendations, we are still here to serve you and answer questions you may have. Whether you are in the application process or an existing homeowner, our Homeowner Services staff is here to assist. Currently, the best way to reach us is to call our main office line at 410-366-1250 (9am-5pm) and follow our updated directory. These calls are being forwarded to our staff who are working remotely- if they are on another call or unable to answer please leave a voicemail and provide as much information as possible, including a good call back number and/or email address to reach you. Please feel free to email us for the quickest return time.

Applicants or Program Inquiries: [email protected]

Existing Habitat Homeowners: [email protected] or [email protected]