Saturday, June 16th we will complete some minor repairs to Mary Roucoulet's home on 122 Pearl Street in Rutland that make her home safer and more affordable. We thank everyone who helped make this work possible, especially our site supervisor, Al Williams, and Building Committee members, Paul Brown, Eric Solsaa and Jeff Manney. Click to see photos of the work to date.
This article was featured in a recent issue of the Rutland Herald. It provides an invaluable perspective on why what we do is so important for Rutland county residents.
BURLINGTON — Affordable rental housing is beyond the reach of the average wage-earning Vermonter, according to a new report by the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition.
Renters need to earn $22.40 an hour or $46,585 annually to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment costing $1,165 a month at the fair market rate, the report said. For a one-bedroom home, a renter would need to earn $17.84 an hour to afford $928 monthly.
The report released Wednesday highlights the difficulty for more than 75,000 renter households in Vermont, which has the fifth-largest affordability gap for renters in the nation.
Letter from Kim and Matt Johnson
"So. Moving in finally! These last few months have been a whirlwind of emotions. We have found strength within ourselves, and each other, we hadn't seen before. Now that we have moved into our home, we are trying to adjust and settle as best, and fast, as we can. It is still almost unreal that this is our home, not our rental. We have so many dreams for our family, it's unbelievable to be able to mark off owning our home on the list. We will be able to work on more of our dreams now that we are able to save some money and not put it into someone else's assets. We're putting it into ours. We don't think we could ever truly express our gratitude to everyone involved, who donated, volunteers, and those who were just supporting us throughout the process. We are looking forward to the many memories from sleepovers and cookouts to prom night and many more. A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped us to this point in our lives, whether big or small, we couldn't have done this without you. Thank you is not enough.” With love and gratitude,
Above photo - Kim and Matt Johnson.
Click to see the WCAX interview with Kim and Matt.
Click to see photos of the Completed Home and the Dedication Ceremony.
Interested in owning a Habitat home or know someone who would like to learn about the possibilitiy?
Click on this link to learn about applying for a home that we will build in 2018 on Griswold Drive in Rutland City. Below is the design of the house that was created by John Berryhill.
Photo above: The Johnson family are NOW living in the home we built on Cleveland Avenue.
Transforming people's lives and our community by creating safe, affordable and sufficient housing, lifting up one household at a time.
Consider donating your used car to Habitat. HfHI will handle all the details. If you designate that you want the proceeds to come to our affiliate, the value of your gift will make a difference locally.
There are many ways, large and small, that people can make a difference. You do NOT need to be skilled as a carpenter. Think of Habitat as a small business that is entirely run by volunteers. We estimate that half of the hours contributed by volunteers are completed by people who never pound a single nail. If you admire Habitat's mission and want to have an impact locally, please contact us.
Donate to help us unlock futures. Our work has demonstrated time and again that Home is the Key. Your support helps us create strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter, which plays a key role in positively influencing a family’s education, health and financial stability.
Through housing we help our home buyers to gain greater strength, stability, and independence.
The Mission: Habitat for Humanity is a global non-profit organization dedicated to eradicate poverty by providing families in need with safe and affordable housing solutions. Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat’s work is anchored on the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty.
2018 - Spring Print Newsletter - Everyone on our mailing list should have received our spring print newsletter in the mail. If you didn't receive one, please email us to make sure we have your correct snail mail address for future mailings. We will be pleased to mail you a copy. Click to download a copy.
Mailing Address: 6 Court Street, Rutland, Vermont 05701 Phone: 802-747-7440