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On Friday, November 4, 2016 Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland (HFHMM) held its 8th Annual Affordable Housing Benefit Breakfast at the Bethesda Marriott Hotel on Pooks Hill Road.

HFHMM discussed the mounting need for additional affordable housing in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, highlighted its past work in the community, and spoke to its future focus on Veteran’s repair efforts and Aging in Place projects.

Award-winning journalist Kathleen Matthews emceed the event and guests heard a local community leader’s inspirational story and experience with HFHMM.

“Habitat is an organization that inspires action to end the cycle of poverty housing. One of our goals is to increase awareness of the need and value of affordable housing. We study and forecast the impact of our work in the communities we serve. In a recent Habitat Homeowner Study, conducted by Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat homeownership contributes to self-esteem and well-being, improved family mental and physical health, community awareness, and a feeling of neighborhood pride. Habitat homeowners pay taxes and are more likely to vote. As well, Habitat homeowners are able to save more, pursue advanced educational opportunities, and work towards achieving financial stability. By providing a stable home, Habitat homeownership is more likely to prevent the fracturing of families” said John Paukstis, HFHMM’s Executive Director.

HFHMM raised nearly $75,000 from this year’s event, which will support HFHMM’s growing Veteran’s Repair efforts and Aging in Place Pilot Program, in addition to other projects in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.

HFHMM would like to thank the sponsors of this year’s Affordable Housing Benefit Breakfast:

Host Hotels
Office of Mary Lehman
Old Line Bank
Paragon Title
Artery Capital
CAS Engineering
Deleon & Stang
Ed Hummers
Emergent BioSolutions
Fine Earth Landscape
GTM Architects
Hopkins and Porter
Lerch, Early & Brewer
Linda Paige
Marc Fleisher
Mary LoGiudice
Miller and Long
Mimi Kress
Montgomery College
Rev. Rachel Cornwell & Marcus Meeks
Riderwood / Erickson Living
Sandy Spring Bank
Sandy Spring Builders
United Bank
Victor Llewellyn Group
Whiteford, Taylor & Preston