August 2020 Newsletter
New Freeport Builds and Critical Home Repair Updates

We are excited to announce that we are beginning work on two new homes in Freeport this summer! We'll be holding information sessions for interested applicants starting soon as well, see below for more information.

We owe a huge thank you to the Cumberland County Community Development Block Grant program for providing us with a $90,000 grant to be used towards our Critical Home Repair program! These funds will helps us expand the program and hire a new employee. Read more below.
 
We're excited to keep building and moving forward in our mission of building homes, communities and hope. Stay safe and healthy!

Sincerely,
 
Godfrey Wood
Executive Director    

New Freeport Homes 
 
A similar Habitat home
 
We are excited to begin work on two new homes in Freeport in September! The 3-4-bedroom single-family homes will be located on the corner of Old Brunswick Road and Route 1. The previously announced 8-home project in South Portland is still moving forward, with construction to start in late Fall.
 
If you are interested in applying for homeownership, you must attend an informational session. These mandatory sessions explain the homeownership program, requirements, and how to apply. Sessions will be held at the Freeport Community Center in September. Pre-registration is required; walk-ins will not be allowed in. Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, all attendees must wear a mask in the building at all times. Additionally, Habitat will be limiting the number of people attending the sessions, so please try to keep your party to one to two people and avoid bringing children if possible.
 
More information and registration instructions will be mailed to interested attendees later in August. Contact homeownership@habitatme.org / 207-772-2151 to receive that information.
 
Thanks to our Sponsors!
 
Cumberland County Community Development Block Grant 
 
We owe many thanks to the Cumberland County Community Development Block Grant program for approving us for a $90,000 grant that will be used toward our Critical Home Repair program! This service helps low-income homeowners make needed repairs so they can live in a safe, healthy, and affordable home. The funds will also be used toward the hiring of a new employee to oversee the program.
 
We recently completed a Critical Home Repair job for a homeowner in Cumberland. She is a low-income senior with limited mobility and was unable to safely get in and out of her home without assistance. Our team installed an accessibility ramp to her side door that allows her safe entry and exit to her home without risk of injury.
 
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After
 Thanks to our Sponsors! 
 
ReStore - Shop and Donate! 
 
Have you visited our ReStore lately? We re-opened in June, keeping safety a priority. All donations are cleaned and disinfected before being put out for sale, and everyone must wear a face mask.  
 
Keep up with us by following our facebook page to get a glimpse at what we have for sale.
 
Are you interested in donating items? Give us a call at 207-221-0047 if you need an at-home pick up scheduled! Our ReStore is open to the public and open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00-5:00. We're located at 659 Warren Avenue in Portland.
 
 
Mainely Hotdogs Food Truck 
 
 
 
 
A few days a week we've had Mainely Hotdogs food truck parked in our ReStore parking lot selling delicious hotdogs, falafels, Jamaican beef patties and more. A portion of proceeds is being donated to Habitat. They're usually in the lot from 12:00pm-5:00pm on Fridays and some other days. Check the ReStore facebook page for updates on when you can expect them!
 
Homes, Communities, Hope + You
 

As a result of COVID-19, many of us have spent a lot more time at home. We've been forced to consider the fundamental importance of home - of having safe, decent and affordable shelter.  

In addition to the economic impact of the pandemic, light has been shined on underlying housing issues that many Americans face. Low income households are particularly at risk as a result of their economic instability and their concentration in service industry and other hourly jobs. In an estimated 12 million of these households at least one contributing member work in an at-risk industry.

We ask that you help us make a difference in the lives of our current and future Habitat homeowners. Make a donation and help us combat the affordable housing crisis!  
 
 
 
We Will Build Back!

We Will Build Back!
   
Thank You to our Core Partners! 

 
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland
659 Warren Avenue, Portland, ME 04103

207-772-2151 / info@habitatme.org 


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