Project Address: 146 Morris Avenue, Summit
Build plan: to be completed in 2023 – Women Build
- New construction
- 3 bedrooms in 6 homes; 2 bedrooms in 6 homes
Home sale prices:
Low-income families will pay $100,000 for a 2-bedroom unit or $120,000 for a 3-bedroom unit. Moderate-income families will pay $145,000 for a 2-bedroom unit and $184,000 or $200,000 for a 3-bedroom unit.
Partner families, selected in 2022 and 2023, are employed in education (three as teachers), nursing, delivery services, non-profit agencies, medical services, and construction. Two of the homeowners-in-progress already live and work in Summit.
Applications will be accepted until all homes are sold. Learn more and download an application >>
Household size must be from 2 to 6 persons. The homes will be sold to eligible low- and moderate-income applicants. Preference will be given to veteran applicants, but all are encouraged to apply. Affordable 30-year mortgages will be provided by Morris Habitat. The homes will have a 30-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 homeowners will contribute a minimum of 300 hours of sweat equity.
Our second partnership with the City of Summit in Union County will feature two L-shaped buildings with six 3-bedroom and six 2-bedroom units. It is being built on the former site of the Italian American Club at 146 Morris Avenue. This project was seven years in the making, as Morris Habitat worked with Summit to obtain the necessary approvals. The all-volunteer Morris Avenue Building Committee worked tirelessly on the planning for these homes. In 2012 we completed our first Summit project, a 6-plex at 39 Morris Avenue.
The first sponsor is the Summit Civic Foundation. Students from the Rutgers University Habitat Club have worked monthly at this project since the fall of 2022. Club members raised $1,426 at their 2023 build-a-thon to advance Morris Habitat’s work.
The first building modules were delivered in October 2022, as a small crowd watched in awe. Just two days after the deliveries began, all six modules were in place, thanks to the expert team from MIT Modular Industry Transport and Modular Home Erectors.
Volunteers were doing finish work on the first building through the winter months. Over eight days of Women Build Week in May 2023, 148 volunteers worked side-by-side with Homeowners-in-Progress to put finishing touches on Building 1.
Modules for the second building were delivered in June 2023. The project is planned to be completed by the end of 2023.
Come Build with Us!
Sign up ahead of time on the online Volunteer Calendar. Any weather-related closures will be posted by 7:00 a.m.
Pro bono and reduced-fee professional services have been contributed by architect Seth A. Leeb Architect, AIA; attorneys Schenck, Price, Smith, & King, LLP; environmental consultant Eikon Planning and Design, LLC; Stewart Surveying & Engineering, LLC; engineering consultant Bowman Consulting; and real estate appraiser Property Research Associates.
Building Modules Set on October 10, 2022 – 1 minute 50 seconds