Project Address: 14 Belton Street, Stanhope
Build #106: completed 2019
- Single-family home
- 3 bedrooms
Alisha Salazar has three sons: a newborn, a 3-year-old and a 9-year-old. She works as a support associate at an insurance company.
This single-family home, in a pleasant residential neighborhood in Byram Township in Sussex County, has been vacant for several years due to a foreclosure. Because of the poor condition of the home, Morris Habitat for Humanity will gut it down to the studs and completely renovate the interior. Exterior repairs will include a new roof, new siding and a new septic system. It will have propane gas and public water.
The two-story house has three bedrooms, one bathroom and a garage. The main level has two bedrooms, one bathroom, an eat-in kitchen and the living room. The lower level has one bedroom, a rec room, a laundry room and a one-car garage. Due to the house’s existing configuration, it will not be handicap-accessible. The home will be ENERGY STAR certified for energy efficiency, EPA WaterSense certified for water efficiency and EPA Indoor AirPLUS certified for health protection.
The home was generously donated in May 2017 by Wells Fargo through their Community and Urban Stabilization Program (CUSP) and the National Community Stabilization Trust (NCST). Wells Fargo gave an additional cash donation for repairs due to the condition of the home.
Byram Township is contributing $50,000 from their affordable housing trust fund toward the renovation of the home. The completed home will help offset the municipality’s affordable housing obligation.
A special thank-you goes to Sussex County Habitat for Humanity for their continued collaborative spirit that allows Morris Habitat to offer its assistance, resulting in welcoming another Habitat family to their own home in Sussex County.
Pro bono and reduced-fee professional services have been contributed by attorney James P. Mullen, Esq.; engineer and surveyor Fred Stewart, Jr., of Stewart Surveying & Engineering, LLC; architects of ASA Design Build, LLC; real estate appraiser Property Research Associates, Inc. and environmental consultant Eikon Planning and Design, LLC.
The low-income homeowner family was chosen from qualified applicants in April 2019. An affordable 30-year fixed-rate mortgage will be held by Morris Habitat. The home will have a minimum 30-year deed restriction that allows modest equity upon resale, but mandates that it be sold at an affordable price to another income-eligible family. The prospective homeowners will contribute a minimum of 300 hours of sweat equity.
Preliminary site work began in September 2018. Demolition was completed over the winter. In spring 2019, work began on interior framing and a new roof and siding. The dedication ceremony was held in August, and the family moved in by the end of the month.