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Durham Habitat will build and sell 27 homes this year and we will also repair 50 homes this year for aging Durham neighbors who own their home but can't afford to maintain them. With our Stewards Fund Challenge grant, Durham Habitat has a great opportunity to raise much-needed funds to support our Repairs work. When we raise $64,000, Stewards Fund will match that amount dollar for dollar! We’ve got until December 31st to meet the challenge.
The Stewards Fund grant encourages Habitat to invite new or lapsed donors (those who haven’t donated in the past year and a half), to support our repairs work. Current Habitat donors can help too – any increased gift over their past year’s donation amount will be matched dollar for dollar.
Your support will allow Habitat to repair homes for 50 low-income neighbors, mostly elderly or disabled homeowners and on a fixed income who own and live in their own home. Our repairs program is such a critical part of our work because it allows us to preserve existing affordable housing stock at a lower cost than building new.
Recently we met Sheila, who lives with her 83 year old mother, Ms. Doris in East Durham. Their kitchen floor was rotted from a water leak, and the plumbing had failed because pipes had collapsed when the rotted floor system sagged. Our repairs team went to work, and for $5,000 and a week’s time, they were able to fix the floor and the plumbing. Ms. Doris and Sheila can take a hot shower now, they can flush their toilet, and they can walk in their kitchen. Most importantly, Ms. Doris will be able to age in place with dignity, and preserve the same home her own mother owned and lived in until she passed away.
Without Habitat’s Repairs support, it’s easy to imagine low-income neighbors like Ms. Doris being a target for real estate investors who might make a low-ball offer to buy her home so they can improve and flip it for profit.
Your support is critical to helping preserve existing affordable housing and allowing Durham neighbors to age in place.