HFHMM ReStore Gaithersburg Manager, Alena Biagas, was honored by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection Division of Solid Waste Services Waste Reduction and Recycling Section as a Recycler of the Year.
An op-ed piece in the Washington Post illustrates the importance of Montgomery County budgeting for affordable housing in 2016. Click the link and read the story below to learn more about how the county should be preparing to help your neighbors with this upcoming budget.
HFHMM would like to thank Wells Fargo for coming out for a repair project in Germantown for National Women Build Week. The staff, crew leaders and homeowner greatly appreciated their hard work throughout the week as they tore down an existing deck that was unsafe and not up to code. Through the help of the Wells Fargo volunteers, a safe and durable porch was built that will enable the homeowner to live free of worry about the deck’s stability.
Women Build is a national program through Habitat for Humanity International. Its purpose is to empower women to learn a new skill as they work on a construction site alongside other women from the community, while not excluding men. Lowe’s is the national sponsor for the program and HFHMM appreciates the involvement of other groups from the community as we promote women empowerment.
Our affiliate participated on Habitat on the Hill last week to advance our vision of a world in which everyone has a decent place to live. Over 1.6 billion people do not have a safe and secure place to call home. To meet this need, Habitat seeks to build community, sector and societal impact through a variety of housing solutions including: new home construction, repairs and weatherization of owner-occupied homes, responding to natural disasters and assisting with recovery, facilitating housing microfinance loans and by making health related investments in clean water, sanitation and hygiene.
In fiscal year 2014, Habitat served over 1.6 million people in over 70 countries through home construction, repair and other direct interventions. An additional 1.6 million people were helped indirectly through training, financial management and advocacy efforts.
The Habitat for Humanity model lifts entire communities. The success of the Habitat ownership model depends not only on the ability of our partner families to repay their mortgages, but also on ongoing demand for affordable homeownership in their neighborhoods.
We need the support of the local, state, and federal government to continue to provide housing solutions for the lower-income workforce residents of Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.
While on the Hill, we visited the legislative offices of Representatives Van Hollen, Hoyer, Sarbanes, Edwards, and Delaney, as well as, Senator’s Cardin and Mikulski.
Please join us by contacting your local representative and encouraging them to support these legislative priorities. By doing so, you will participate in Habitat’s vision, and make a difference in someone’s life.
Our legislative priorities:
Below are interviews with two families we have helped in El Barrial, El Salvador through our Global Village trips. Each family speaks of their appreciation and the increase in security and well being of their family through decent, affordable housing.
Check out photos from our most recent trip to El Salvador. For more information on our partnership with this fantastic community, visit our website at http://habitatmm.org/global-village.