Essex County nonprofit receives 3 years of funding from Cummings Foundation

May 23, 2024 – The Patch

Essex County Habitat for Humanity is one of 150 local nonprofits that will share in $30 million through Cummings Foundation’s major annual grants program. The Essex County-based organization was selected from a total of 715 applicants during a competitive review process. It will receive $150,000 over three years to support its Critical Home Repair program.

The lack of housing stock and high home prices, combined with the region’s aging housing stock, can force low-income families and senior citizens to stay in homes that are unsafe and in need of critical repairs. An estimated 19 million seniors nationwide live in inadequate housing and lack the resources to make their homes livable.

Essex County Habitat for Humanity started its Critical Home Repair program two years ago to help solve this problem by providing low or no-cost repairs to income eligible households to keep families and seniors safely in their homes.

“With this generous grant from Cummings Foundation, we will be able to expand the Critical Home Repair program to serve even more families,” stated Kevin Hudson, Director of Charitable Giving. “We are so grateful to be receiving this support.”


About Essex County Habitat for Humanity

Essex County Habitat for Humanity is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, the largest nonprofit homebuilder in the world. Essex County Habitat builds and repairs decent, safe, and affordable homes in partnership with the families who need them. Each partner family works at least 240 sweat equity hours alongside volunteers to build their home and then carries an affordable 30-year mortgage.  Since it was established in 1985, the affiliate has delivered on their mission for over 170 families in Essex County.

To help fund their work, Essex County Habitat operates a ReStore, located in Lawrence, where they sell quality new and previously owned furniture, appliances, building materials, and home goods at greatly reduced prices. To donate, volunteer, or learn more, please visit


About Cummings Foundation

Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester, MA and has grown to be one of the largest private foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including New Horizons retirement communities, in Marlborough and Woburn, and Cummings Health Sciences, LLC. Additional information is available at