Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County was established in Frederick in 1993 to address a shortage of affordable workforce housing in our community, and for over 25 years our organization has operated under the mission “seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.” This mission continues to drive Habitat’s programs, all of which help hardworking people across Frederick County achieve the strength, stability, and self-reliance of affordable home ownership.
Our programs include new home construction, where qualified applicants help build and then purchase their home at an affordable rate. Our award-winning Land Trust program, the first in Maryland, renovates run-down houses into market-ready homes, then sells them to qualifying homebuyers minus the land, creating a unique avenue for affordable homeownership. For current homeowners, our home repair programs ensure they can live safely and decently in their own home. In recent years, these repair programs have expanded to offer aging-in-place modifications to local seniors. Across all programs, we practice a “hand up, not a hand out” philosophy, partnering with individuals and families who perform “sweat equity”, taking an active role in our programs.
Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County has been blessed to partner with dozens of hardworking families over the last 25 years, helping them realize their dream of homeownership, however, the need has continued to grow. According to the 2018 ALICE report, 39% of residents in Frederick County are struggling to make ends meet. For those families, home ownership may seem out of reach. Habitat for Humanity aims to bridge that gap, making home ownership an affordable reality, so those in the ALICE population can experience the financial stability they desire in a home of their very own.
As we move into the future, Habitat is changing the way we build, turning our focus toward larger, multi-unit projects. This change will allow us to keep our focus on affordable homeownership but will ensure that each project is more cost-effective, utilizing donor dollars in the best way possible while helping more families with each project. The need has grown and so we will grow as an organization.
This is only possible through the support of concerned and motivated people like you who raise funds and volunteer in a multitude of ways to make Habitat homes a reality. Together, we make the dream of owning a home a reality for more people in Frederick. The Blue Crabs and Blue Prints event is an annual opportunity to celebrate Habitat’s work and mission while raising crucial funds to expand all of our programs for the people of Frederick County. We thank you for being part of it.
Visit Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County’s website to learn more.