Project Address: 352 Howe Avenue, Passaic
Build plan: To be completed in 2020 – third partnership with Paterson Habitat for Humanity
- New construction
- 3 bedrooms in each unit
Two families were selected in November 2019.
Jenniffer Espinal has 2 sons, aged 14 and 7. She works for the City of Passaic as a machine entry operator. They are currently living in a 1-bedroom apartment with the boys sleeping in the living room.
Mohamed Hussein and his wife Abeer Soliman have 3 children, sons aged 7 and 4 and a daughter aged 2. He works as an Uber and Lyft driver, and Abeer works for the Passiac City Schools as a teacher’s aide. He plans to become certified as a radiology technician. They emigrated from Egypt and became U. S. citizens in November 2019.
The homes will be sold to two low- or moderate-income families. An affordable 30-year mortgage will be provided by Morris Habitat for Humanity. The home will have a 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 homeowner will contribute a minimum of 300 hours of sweat equity.
A special thank-you goes to Paterson Habitat for Humanity, for their continued collaborative spirit that allows Morris Habitat to partner with their affiliate and play a part in welcoming two more Habitat families to their own homes in Passaic County. This is our 3rd partnership with Paterson Habitat for Humanity.
We will be constructing a new duplex on Howe Avenue in the City of Passaic in Passaic County. Each two-story home has three bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor, with a one-car garage, bathroom, kitchen and living room on the handicap accessible and adaptable first floor. In the back are a deck and a small backyard.
The homes will have natural gas heating and city sewer and water. They will be built to Energy Star requirements for energy efficiency, will be equipped with EPA WaterSense fixtures and other energy-efficient systems and will be EPA Indoor AirPLUS certified for health protection.
The sale price for each unit will be $150,000, with an estimated monthly payment of $880 plus a $200 condo fee.
The City of Passaic has awarded Morris Habitat a HUD HOME Investment Partnerships Program grant in the amount of $289,000 for the project. The completed homes will help address the great need for affordable homeownership in the City of Passaic.
Pro bono and reduced-fee professional services have been contributed by attorney Paul Zelenty, Esq., of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP; engineer and surveyor Fred Stewart, Jr., of Stewart Surveying & Engineering, LLC; architect Asdrubal Franco of domoarchitecture, LLC; environmental consultant Eikon Planning and Design, LLC.; and real estate appraiser David T. Bossart of Property Research Associates.
Construction of the duplex began in fall 2019 after a groundbreaking ceremony. The home was dedicated at the end of October 2020, and the families should be moved in by the end of the year.