Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth has announced the pending acquisition of a single-family property located at 11 Green St., Carver. The Greater Plymouth affiliate intends to rehabilitate the existing structure into a three-bedroom affordable home to be sold to an income-qualified purchaser, giving preference to a military veteran.
Originally built in 1890, the property was purchased from the Town of Carver by the affiliate via public RFP process. Citing the need for more affordable housing and the affiliate’s certified focus on housing for veterans through the Veterans Build initiative, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth won the bid and will begin rehabilitating the property in fall 2022.
The new home will be constructed using quality materials and energy-efficient design and the affiliate intends to maintain the exterior details of the existing home to preserve its historical character.
This project will be the latest in the affiliate’s drive to provide affordable homeownership opportunities to low-income families and, more specifically, military veterans.
“We are excited to be working with the Town of Carver on this important project. There is an urgent need for more affordable housing in our communities that threatens to put homeownership out of reach for working families. This is true for all citizens, and veterans who are returning to civilian life are no exception,” said Jim Middleton, executive director of HFHGP.
In partnership with the Town of Carver through a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development-approved Local Action Program project, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth will mobilize its network of volunteers and partner organizations to completely rehabilitate the interior of the home and restore the exterior and surrounding property grounds.
Once completed, the home will be sold to a qualified homeowner selected by the affiliate’s board of directors, with special preference given to a military veteran and family. The affiliate will provide the purchaser with a zero-interest mortgage for 30 years and return this property to the Town of Carver’s tax rolls.
“The town officials and the citizens of Carver are extremely excited to once again work with such a vibrant and distinguished organization as the Habitat for Humanity,” said Robert Fennessy, Carver town administrator. “This is truly a win-win situation, in that the renovated home will help address the affordable housing needs for the town, as well as provide homeownership to a qualified local veteran. Who can ask for anything better than that!” he added.
To date, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth has built 13 homes and completed major rehab projects on another six. The homes have been occupied by 72 people; 58 of those being children who were able to learn and grow in these safely updated spaces. This affiliate has also completed more than 70 repair, weatherization, and/or disability ramp projects through its Brush with Kindness program. In total, over the last 25 years, the organization has served hundreds of individuals from infants to seniors and provided the Greater Plymouth community with “a hand up and not a hand out.”
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with a roster of events and celebrations, including its annual “Hearts and Hammers” gala on Oct. 7 in Plymouth.