West Chester Home Dedications

On Saturday, September 17, community supporters, sponsors, and dignitaries alike converged in the East End of West Chester to dedicate the final two Habitat homes in Bolmar Place. Habitat volunteers broke ground in July 2015 on the final twin of this fourteen home community at what was once the site of the blighted brownfield property. Thanks to sponsors Westminster Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church of West Chester, the funds and volunteers were in place to complete the homes in less than one year!

Though this dedication marked the end of the West Chester build, it was a joyous event that included prayer and many insightful speakers, including church volunteers; Chester County Department of Community Development Director, Pat Bokovitz; West Chester Mayor, Carolyn Comitta; and Senator Andy Dinniman.

Senator Dinniman reminded the crowd “how blessed we are that God has allowed us to participate in the repair of the world,” but that ultimately, prayer must become action. Later, Mayor Carolyn Comitta presented the homeowners with “keys to the borough.” She said she views the keys as “keys to a healthy future for West Chester,” which these homeowners represent.

After the ceremony, attendees were welcomed into the homes and treated to a plethora of food and a meet and greet with the new homeowners.

We are proud of the work of the entire community throughout this West Chester build and hold a special place in our hearts for these last two homeowners. We wish them and all of our West Chester homeowners much happiness and success in their newly completed community.

Prospective Homeowner Orientation

Do you live or work in Chester County?

Do you have a need for decent, affordable housing?

Are you able to pay a 0% interest mortgage?

 

On Wednesday, August 31, at 6pm, we will be holding an orientation for those interested in Habitat homeownership. We are looking for two homeowners for single family homes in Coatesville. These homeowners will move in to their homes in late 2017. The meeting will take place at HfHCC’s administrative offices at 1847 East Lincoln Highway (Business 30), Coatesville.

Applications will only be handed out at the end of this annual orientation, so it is mandatory to attend if you wish to become a Habitat homeowner in 2017. The meeting will take less than thirty minutes, but there will be plenty of time at the end for questions. Space is limited and mostly standing room, so please leave your children at home.

Walk-ins are welcome, but RSVP-ing is preferred for head-counting purposes. (Due to volume, you will not receive a call back confirming that we received your RSVP.) Please click here to RSVP.

The Gift That Keeps On Giving!

Instead of giving more things, give a gift with more meaning!

This holiday season, make a contribution in someone’s honor to help support Habitat for Humanity of Chester County. This gift is easy, can be tailored to suit any budget, is not wasted, and most of all, makes a difference in the lives of low-income families in need.

Your gift can go twice as far!

As an added bonus, all individual gifts made before December 31, 2014 will be eligible for inclusion in our $40,000 challenge grant!

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For more information, or to purchase a gift, please contact Jason Pyrah at 610-384-7993, ext. 12, or Jason@hfhcc.org.

ReStore Bulk Donations

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Did you know that  in addition to accepting individual donations for the stores,  we also accept bulk donations from companies, retailers and individuals? 

These donations can be delivered to the stores, or picked-up from your location.  Donations can be one-time, or scheduled on a weekly or monthly basis as well.  For more information, please contact Kim McCarty, our Procurement Manager, at 610-466-1890.

 

 

West Grove Grant Awarded!

The Chester County Commissioners awarded a Community Revitalization Program grant of $1,111,000 to the Borough of West Grove for improvements on, and surrounding, our 6.8 acre site at Willow Street and South Guernsey Road.  These public improvements include construction of the storm water management system, storm sewer system, public water system, new street construction and widening of existing streets.  Ryan Costello, Chair, Chester County Board of Commissioners, noted, “Since 2003, more than $3.7 million in Community Revitalization Programs funds have been invested in West Grove, for water system, storm sewer and streetscape improvements.  This year’s grant of $1.1 million helps pave the way for the construction of 40 affordable homes in the Borough, and we thank Habitat for Humanity of Chester County and Borough officials for their commitment to investing in this very worthwhile project.”

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Community Lane Homes Achieve LEED Certification!

In an effort to build more efficiently and save our future homeowners some money on their utility bills, HfHCC adopted several “green” strategies at the Cambria site in 2011.  As a result, the homes at 416, 418, 420, 422, and 424 Community Lane, completed in 2012, are now officially certified as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council!
So what exactly does that certification mean?  LEED certification provides independent, internationally recognized, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.  LEED-certified homes are:
· Built to be energy-efficient, ensuring that the home can be comfortably heated and cooled with minimal energy usage;
· Individually tested to minimize envelope and ductwork leakage;
· Designed to minimize indoor and outdoor water usage;
· Predicted to use an estimated 30 to 60% less energy than a comparable home built to International Energy Conservation Code.
By earning LEED certification on these Cambria homes, HfHCC has ensured that the homes are healthy places to live and even more affordable over time for the partner families who live in them!

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