Three Delaware Habitat for Humanity Organizations Celebrate National Homeownership Month
Sussex County, Central Delaware and New Castle County Habitat for Humanity joined AmeriCorps groups from all over Delaware to help frame the home of Henry and Linda Wester, in celebration of National Homeownership Month.
According to Nancy Greene, program manager for the Delaware AmeriCorps program, ‘Framing Frenzy’ has been going strong for the last six years.
“The frame for the house at Legislative Hall was set in under three hours!” Greene says. “Framing Frenzy is a program through the State Office of Volunteerism [in Delaware]. The first year every AmeriCorps program was tasked with leading one AmeriCorps event. We tried to tie our event together to celebrate homeownership and affordable housing in the state of Delaware.”
Greene says there were about 75 people working on the Dover home, which is how many Habitat for Humanity homes are built. Working in such large groups draws excitement and attention to accelerate the build.
Kevin Gilmore, executive director for the Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, says the partnership between the various Delaware organizations couldn’t work out any better.
During National Homeownership Month, Habitat for Humanity partners with the Home Builders Association of Delaware, Delaware Association of Realtors, Delaware State Housing Authority and Delaware Health and Social Services.
Throughout the month of June, various organizations make an announcement about the importance of owning a home, including the social and economic impact, stability for families in the community and the benefits to government and private sectors.
“In the state of Delaware collectively, the houses built by habitat are the largest affordable housing in the state,” Gilmore says. “We believe in the value of homeownership and making it affordable to people who might not be able to access that.”
Gilmore says Habitat for Humanity is among the top five home builders in the country. For the rest of June, various organizations throughout the country will work to promote homeownership.
Check out the rehabilitation of this Laurel home: http://bit.ly/28LCcOV
‘Framing Frenzy’ on Legislative Mall in Dover, Del. (Video: Sussex County Habitat for Humanity)