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Ossipee Mountains Habitat for Humanity Dedicates Thirteenth Home

Welcome Home Nasons!

WAKEFIELD, NH, July 2, 2021 –  Independence Day weekend celebration came a little early for Habitat for Humanity’s partner family, the Nasons.  After two years of working hard alongside other volunteers, their home was completed.  OMHFH’s President, Steve Gourley made the following remarks during his home dedication speech, “We know it’s been a long time coming, but all good things are worth the wait.”

Due to Covid-19, traditional volunteer days were small and few.  Several local tradesmen donated time and materials towards the build.  Charlie Edwards was the volunteer construction manager for the build.  “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Charlie Edwards and Tom Dube, and many more.  We want to recognize all our build volunteers on Volunteer Build Appreciation Day coming up on July 11.  Without them, this home wouldn’t be possible,” Steve Gourley said.

To qualify for a Habitat home, a family must meet income guidelines as well as certain criteria:  need; willingness to partner; and ability to repay.  Before being accepted into the program, a home visit is performed to establish need.  While building the home, each family must complete a minimum of 250 sweat equity hours.   They do not need experience with building.  At the end, these families have a home that they helped build.  They are vested in it.  Each partner family must demonstrate the ability to repay.  Habitat builds the home, in turn, the partner family receives an interest-free, affordable mortgage.  Usually applicants do not qualify for traditional home mortgages.  “Our families just need a little hand up, not a hand out.  Our program makes it affordable for families to own their own home.  We work with our partner families to help them build their credit and create a realistic household budget.  We want to see them succeed.  Each mortgage payment that comes in gets used towards the next new home for another family,” Lisa Wilbur stated. 

OMHFH is currently under contract to buy a new buildable lot.  Open applications for the next build will not start for several months.  They will update their Facebook and website when it’s time to submit applications.  With each build, they start raising funds right away.  Club85 – The Square Foot Club is a way for the non-profit to raise funds for just that…more square feet.  After each build, they request members to send their $85 donations in.  Some members even donate monthly.  “This really helps build back the reserve fund so we don’t have to wait as long in between builds.  Each square foot of a build costs our affiliate about $85.  So we like to think for each $85, you are providing a square foot of change in a partner family’s life.” Lisa Wilbur explained.

Ossipee Mountains Habitat for Humanity (OMHFH) serves Southern Carroll County and Alton, New Hampshire. They are a non-profit 501(c)(3).  For more than 25 years they have been building new affordable, decent homes for families. In return, their partner family pays an affordable, interest free mortgage.  Their office is based in Wolfeboro, and their partner families reside in Ossipee, Wolfeboro, and Wakefield.  They just completed building their 13th home in Wakefield, NH.

To learn more about Ossipee Mountains Habitat for Humanity, please visit www.ossipeehabitat.org or email Lisa Wilbur.

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Ossipee Mountains Habitat for Humanity to meet with New Hampshire’s federal policymakers about the critical need for affordable homes at virtual legislative conference 

Wolfeboro, NH 2/08/2021 — OMHFH will join hundreds of local Habitat organizations and home affordability advocates Tuesday for Habitat for Humanity’s annual legislative conference, held virtually for the first time: Habitat on the Hill 2021: For home, from home. 

The three-day event, normally held in Washington, D.C., gives advocates an opportunity to convene with congressional leaders, address and discuss actionable solutions to the underlying policies and systems that hinder access to housing affordability and rally with one another. 

As Habitat, through our national Cost of Home advocacy campaign, deepens our role in addressing the home affordability challenges that have been further exacerbated by COVID-19, Habitat on the Hill will focus heavily on historic and systemic racism in housing policy, and how the pandemic’s economic disparities have created a critical need for immediate and long-term housing relief.

“2020 has impacted all of us in some way,” said Lisa Wilbur, Executive Director. “The past year was particularly hard for many Americans that were already struggling with a growing housing crisis amidst a global pandemic. Through this conference, we hope to affect change that will be felted through our communities and expand throughout the nation.”

OMHFH will meet with Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Senator Maggie Hassan, Representative Chris Pappas and Representative Ann Kuster to urge them to invest in housing affordability as part of any future economic recovery and infrastructure measure by prioritizing foreclosure prevention, neighborhood revitalization and housing production for low-income homeowners. These investments are critical for preventing major losses in homeownership and in wealth for communities of color, as well as expanding access to new affordable homes for all. 

“Although it has only been a few weeks since newly elected leaders took office, Americans cannot continue to wait for housing solutions,” said Lisa Wilbur of OMHFH.  “Our leaders have a job to do. Housing must be a priority for our local, state and federal policymakers.”

Speakers at the conference include john a. powell, director of the Othering and Belonging Institute at the University of California, Berkeley and Yamiche Alcindor, PBS NewsHour White House Correspondent and recipient of the NABJ Journalist of the Year Award. 

Each year, Habitat on the Hill is made possible by the support of Habitat for Humanity’s partners. The Home Depot Foundation is returning as this year’s premier sponsor and has sponsored Habitat on the Hill

for five years and donated more than million to Habitat for Humanity International, including this year’s contribution of million to help build, repair or rehabilitate veterans’ homes. To date, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than 0 million in support of veterans in need.

Join the conversation using #HabitatontheHill and #CostOfHome as Habitat works toward its campaign goal to create policies that will allow at least 10 million American families have access to a stable affordable place to call home. 

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About Ossipee Mountains Habitat for Humanity

Seeking to put God’s love into action, OMHFH brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. OMHFH serves Southern Carroll County, New Hampshire. For more than 25 years they have been building new affordable, decent homes for families. Their office is based in Wolfeboro, but their Partner Families reside in Ossipee, Wolfeboro, and Wakefield.  Their volunteers include local people and those who visit the vast array of lakes in the area, including Lake Winnipesaukee.

About The Home Depot Foundation

The Home Depot Foundation works to improve the homes and lives of U.S. veterans, train skilled tradespeople to fill the labor gap and support communities impacted by natural disasters. Since 2011, the Foundation has invested more than 0 million in veteran causes and improved more than 48,000 veteran homes and facilities in more than 4,500 cities. The Foundation has pledged to invest half of a billion dollars in veteran causes by 2025.

To learn more about The Home Depot Foundation visit HomeDepotFoundation.org and follow us on Twitter @HomeDepotFound and on Facebook + Instagram @HomeDepotFoundation.

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