Habitat for Humanity Wicomico County Receives $15,000 Perdue Foundation Grant To Help Family Realize Homeownership Dream
SALISBURY, MD. (March 23, 2016) — Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County has received a $15,000 grant from the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation to help a Salisbury family realize the dream of homeownership. The Foundation is the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms.
“Breaking ground on this project would not have been possible without the support of Perdue and the Foundation,” said Molly Hilligoss, executive director of Habitat for Humanity. “The impact on the community from Perdue and the Foundation is tremendous.”
Habitat and Perdue representatives, and community leaders recently broke ground in the Church Street neighborhood for two new homes, including one for the family of Pirter and Margaret Pierre and their six children, who moved to Salisbury from Haiti. Through the partnership with Habitat, the Pierres qualified for a no-interest, 30-year mortgage, and are required to invest 300 hours of sweat equity in the project.
“These partnership requirements demonstrate the Habitat philosophy of offering hard-working, deserving families a ‘hands up, not a handout,’” said Hilligoss. “Both Pirter and Margarette are dedicated to providing for their family with Pirter working the night shift at the Perdue processing plant in Salisbury and Margarette working day shift at Mountaire Farms.”
As Kim Nechay, executive director of the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, explains, “Habitat for Humanity is an excellent program that assures quality housing for quality families. It is an honor to be a part of their efforts to revitalize the Church Street neighborhood of Salisbury. Knowing that this house in particular will become a home to a Perdue associate is just icing on the cake! The valiant efforts Habitat is making are remarkable in this community.”
Habitat for Humanity has been serving Wicomico County and helping families succeed since 1987. In 2004, Habitat, city and community leaders made a commitment to revitalize the historic Church Street neighborhood by the year 2020 and started building there in 2006. The goal was to build 25 new homes and repair and weatherize an additional 100 homes. The Pierres’ project represents the 64th new home built in the neighborhood.
“After nearly three decades of work in the community, Habitat has seen how a new home improves household health and well-being, which contributes to family income and education, both essential to breaking the cycle of poverty,” said Hilligoss. “We know that some of our homeowners have finished college and sent their children to college. Increasing the level of homeownership in the Church Street neighborhood with the support of partners like Perdue also provides greater social stability and community cohesion.”
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