- 4 single-family homes
- New construction
- 4 bedrooms in 1 home; 3 bedrooms in 2 homes; 2 bedrooms in 1 home
Ed and Maria Sartorius have a 12-year-old daughter. Maria works as a custodian, and Ed is a mechanic. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and is still active in the reserves with the rank of sergeant. Read more about this family’s story >>
Nathalie Figueroa is also a veteran and active in the Army reserves as a military police officer. She has a 1-year-old son and works as a receptionist in a pediatrician’s office. Her grandmother will live with her to care for her son while she works or is deployed with the Army.
Julio and Nelly Carmona have a daughter (age 16) and two sons (ages 9 and 12). Julio works as a supervisor in a factory, and Nelly holds several part-time jobs as an office assistant, a church secretary and a school lunchtime aide.
Elena Piedrahita has two daughters (ages 10 and 15). After delivering newspapers daily from 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., she works full-time as a machine operator at a publishing company.
Four new single-family homes will be built on vacant lots on Harding Avenue in Dover. Architect Seth A. Leeb, AIA, has designed several prototype house plans for this project. Using the same square footage, each home can be built with a different layout to include 2, 3 or 4 bedrooms, depending on the number of people in the homeowner family. The houses will be accessible, handicapped-adaptable and ENERGY STAR certified for energy efficiency. Green or reusable building materials will be used whenever feasible.
Home price will be based on low or moderate household income level and number of bedrooms and will not exceed $170,000. Zero-interest 30-year fixed mortgages will be held by Morris Habitat. The homes will have a 50-year deed restriction that allows modest equity upon resale, but mandates that they be sold at an affordable price to other income-eligible families. Prospective homeowner families, selected in April 2015, will each contribute a minimum of 300 hours of sweat equity.
The estimated cost of the project is approximately $700,000. Funding includes governmental grants from the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) and the Self-help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP) and sponsorships from Johnson & Johnson, New Jersey Natural Gas, Home Depot, Travelers, Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, Prudential, Bank of America, Investors Bank and Investors Foundation. Many individuals supported this project by purchasing building materials through two Raise the Roof online drives. Our first campaign in fall 2014 raised over $16,000, and we raised nearly $10,000 more by March 2016.
Walls for the two veterans’ homes were built at the Hammer for Heroes event in June 2015. Members of the Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America, had planned to build framing for one house during their Liberty Jamboree at Liberty State Park in Jersey City in October, but the event was cancelled because of high winds and heavy rain from Hurricane Joaquin. Teams of women volunteered during National Women Build Week in May 2016. More walls were framed at the second Hammer for Heroes event in June 2016. Women volunteered for additional Women Build days in July, August, October and December 2016. More volunteers were scheduled during National Women Build Week in May 2017 and on additional Women Build days in July, August, October and December 2017.
Site work began in August 2015, and a groundbreaking ceremony was held in September. By spring 2016, the foundations were excavated and concrete was poured into forms. Walls were framed and raised in summer 2016. Windows and doors were installed in fall 2016. Winter work included siding and insulation. Some of the homes will be completed by June 2017, and all four families should be able to move in by the end of the year.
ReStore 10th Anniversary
Family and House
ReStore shoppers will raise $150,000 by June 30, 2017, to build a 4-bedroom home for Nelly and Julio Carmona and their three children at 45 Harding Avenue. Individual donations will be combined with monthly ReStore proceeds to reach the goal.
The ReStore, founded in 2007, is The Store That Builds Homes!
Veteran Home Build | eLEND Gives Back – YouTube video published on Mar 25, 2016
In conjunction with Morris Habitat for Humanity’s Hammer for Heroes campaign, AFR/eLEND Gives Back participated in a build day at the Harding Avenue project. The site will be the future home of one of the two veterans AFR and eLEND employees supported during the Hammer for Heroes event in June 2015.