Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County

Morris Habitat Expands Service Area

At the end of 2020 Morris Habitat Acquired Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County

After celebrating 35 years of providing safe, decent and affordable housing for families in the Morris County area, Morris Habitat for Humanity has expanded by acquiring the service area of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County. Both affiliates have long histories of helping families in their communities and the consolidation will strengthen our ability to meet the shortage of affordable housing in New Jersey during these unprecedented times. Our newly formed organization will operate under the Morris Habitat name and maintain a second office at 2 Randolph Road in Plainfield.

The acquisition will effectively double Morris Habitat’s service area to 68 municipalities spanning one thousand square miles in Morris, Middlesex and parts of Union and Somerset Counties.* Plans to efficiently leverage donations, corporate support and a volunteer workforce will enable our expanded affiliate to create more opportunities for affordable housing and community improvement through new home construction, home repairs and neighborhood revitalization.

Since 1985, Morris Habitat has served more than 1000 families through building 188 local homes, preserving 431 homes for low-income and senior residents, and helping 373 families with housing solutions worldwide. We have engaged more than 150,000 volunteers for our various programs. Morris Habitat also operates a successful ReStore home improvement outlet which has kept 19.727 tons of reusable materials out of landfills and funded 39 homes (all data updated 6-1-24).

Accomplishments for the Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County affiliate include building 47 local homes and serving more than 106 families through its homeownership, repair, and international homebuilding programs since 1989. Additionally, the affiliate brings a robust partnership with the Rutgers University – New Brunswick Habitat for Humanity campus chapter.

As the last ten months have demonstrated, we are stronger together. By uniting our affiliates, we are poised to make a greater impact on the communities we serve as we strive toward our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

*Serving Fanwood, Plainfield, Scotch Plains, Green Brook, North Plainfield and Watchung in Union and Somerset Counties.

History of Habitat for Humanity – Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County

Morris Habitat honors Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield’s dedication to its mission to build homes, communities, and hope. The organization’s resourceful volunteers and professionals worked diligently for more than 30 years to build decent and affordable homes in the community.  In 2014, Greater Plainfield acquired the Middlesex County Habitat for Humanity. The combined affiliates built 47 local homes and served 106 families. Morris Habitat is proud to embrace our new service area and its rich history. The foundation built by our sister affiliates empowers us to focus on the future and our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. 

Read here to learn about the GPMCs humble beginnings as written and shared by one of its founding volunteers, Ann Brackbill.