Project Address: 206 Sussex Avenue, Newton
Build plan: to be completed 2018
- Single-family home
- 4 bedrooms
Samuel and Janae Bryant have 3 children, and a grandmother lives with them. Sam is an associate project manager for a fire protection company. Janae is a part-time flight attendant.
A house set high above Sussex Avenue in Andover Township in Sussex County was vacant for several years due to a foreclosure. Unfortunately, it sustained water damage, was gutted down to the studs and was no longer habitable. Morris Habitat for Humanity will rehabilitate the home by completely renovating the interior of this two-story home with four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Exterior repairs, including a new roof, will be undertaken. The house has a full basement, a one-car garage and a large deck that wraps around the back and one side of the home. Due to the home’s high perch on a hill, the deck provides a beautiful setting among the tree tops. 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 protections.
The home was generously donated in March 2016 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. After GAF donated roofing shingles, Morris Habitat gave the company an Outstanding Partner Award plaque for their extraordinary pledge to donate the roofing material needed to complete homes and home repairs for 74 families over the next four years. Selective is an additional sponsor.
Pro bono professional services have been contributed by attorney James P. Mullen, Esq.; engineer and surveyor Fred Stewart, Jr., of Stewart Surveying & Engineering, LLC; real estate appraiser Property Research Associates, Inc. and environmental consultant Eikon Planning and Design, LLC.
The homeowner family was chosen by lottery in November 2017 from qualified applicants who attended one of the Program Information Meetings. 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.
Interior demolition work began in July 2017. A groundbreaking ceremony was held in August. In September, volunteers began to build interior partitions, remove the existing siding and install roof shingles. By November 2017, new siding and windows were being installed. Interior sheetrock was applied in August 2018. The dedication ceremony was held in November, and the family should be able to move in by the end of 2018.
Over 400 volunteers donated 3200 hours to complete this project, including members of many civic, church, corporate and school groups.