Many of our volunteers come to us without construction experience. They come to us from all walks of life and are committed to helping our neighbors. Volunteers join us in activities that are personally rewarding and that support the community, from on-site skilled and unskilled labor to office and committee support.
Habitat families get a hand up, not a handout. They buy their homes from Essex County Habitat after they provide between 240 and 360 of “sweat equity hours” to build their own home and other families’ homes. They purchase their homes with an affordable mortgage and then pay a reasonable monthly mortgage that includes an escrow payment for taxes, insurance, and maintenance.
- Formed following a merger between Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity of the North Shore.
- Founded in 1985 as a non-profit, ecumenical-based organization
- 114 New Homes Built
- 41 Homes Rehabbed
- Successfully supporting over 150 families with homeownership
- 13 homes currently under construction and another 2 in the pipeline
- The average home costs approximately $150,000 – $170,000 to build.
- Every Habitat family homeowner contributes “sweat equity” to their homes, building their homes and the homes of others.
- Habitat families purchase their homes for the out-of-pocket cost of construction with an affordable mortgage.
- Habitat homeowners earn between 25% and 60% of the area median income (dependent upon the surrounding community) – for a family of four, that means $28,500 – $57,000 annually.
- A 20 – 30 year, affordable mortgage.
- Essex County Habitat serves 34 cities and towns in Essex County.
- Manchester by the Sea
- North Andover
- West Newbury