Morris Habitat for Humanity and Summit Interfaith & Community Build
The Dedication Ceremony
was held on Sunday, January 15, 2012
at 39 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ
The dedication culminated a 3 year effort to add to the affordable housing stock of Summit. Most of the units are now ready for occupancy and new homeowners will be moving in very soon. The units look terrific and enhance the overall appearance of the neighborhood. Calvary and the Summit Interfaith Community played an active part in the Build.
People from across the Summit area are coming together to address one of the city’s most challenging problems-the lack of affordable housing, particularly for first-time home buyers. This affordable housing project is a collaborative effort between the City of Summit, the Summit Affordable Housing Corporation and Morris Habitat for Humanity to construct a two-story six-plex of for-sale condominiums on Morris Avenue near Orchard Street and the historic Wallace Chapel AME Zion Church. The building will be perpendicular to Morris Avenue, with the street view having the appearance of a single-family home. A large area in the back will be used for green space or a playground.Each unit will consist of a single-level townhouse with two or three bedrooms, living room, dining room, and two bathrooms. The first-floor condos will be handicap accessible. The units will be sold in the range of $81,591-$134,952 for the four two-bedroom units and $115,683-$177,345 for the two three-bedroom units. Thirty-year deed restrictions allow modest equity upon resale, but mandate that the units only be sold to qualifying low and moderate-income families in accordance with state COAH guidelines. The total cost of the project is $1,395,400. The city will contribute $530,000 from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund for property acquisition. The remaining $865,400 will be raised through the collaborative efforts of the Summit Affordable Housing Corporation, Morris Habitat and faith-based congregations from in and around the Summit area through grants, donations of materials and services, and various fund-raising events. Area congregations and the community are already participating in this exciting collaborative effort (the first in Summit in 25 years), as approximately $350,000 of the $865,400 needed has been raised in pledges, donations, a Community Development HOME grant, and in-kind contributions.
To view a short video about the Morris Habitat for Humanity and Summit Interfaith & Community Build. please click here.