Northeast Kingdom Habitat for Humanity
Northeast Kingdom Habitat is a local project committee of the Upper Valley (UV) affiliate located in White River Junction. We are guided by the UV affiliate, which has paid staff and has built 25 homes since 1981. All funds collected and spent by the NEK Habitat committee will be sent to and accounted for by the UV affiliate.
NEK Habitat for Humanity has worked on 33 homes in five years, serving over 76 homeowners. We have helped people build or repair affordable housing in 16 towns, including Brownington, Danville, Barton, Orleans, Lowell, St. Johnsbury, Lyndonville, East Haven, Barnet, Greensboro, and Hardwick.
NEK Habitat’s Building Opportunities
NEK Habitat’s building activity has several levels:
- Small projects of less than $200 in materials may be accomplished in 1-2 workdays. Habitat incurs all upfront costs and uses volunteer labor to repair, weatherize and upgrade existing homes. Homeowners repay Habitat for our costs.
- Larger projects, such as new roofs, substantial repairs, or multiple repairs are undertaken over weeks or months of activity, working 1-2 days per week. NEK Habitat donates most labor but may hire subcontractors for electrical, plumbing, or other jobs requiring certified work. Loans of up to $5000 are secured with a promissory note.
- Home addition or replacement projects costing over $5000 are secured with a second mortgage on the home.
- New home construction is secured with a first mortgage.
Habitat for Humanity selects homeowner families for both small and full-house projects based on three basic criteria. Habitat partner families must earn less than 70% of the county median income; must be willing to contribute “sweat equity;” and they must be currently living in substandard housing. Habitat gives its partner families a non-profit, no-interest loan, and maintains close contact with the families as they occupy their homes. Loan payments are used for the construction or renovation of additional, future affordable housing.
Habitat for Humanity International
Established in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller and others, Habitat for Humanity built its first house in Americus, Georgia in 1979, and opened its first international affiliate that same year in Guatemala. By 1981, Habitat had 14 national and 7 international affiliates and had completed 342 houses. Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn became volunteers in 1984. Recently, Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) celebrated the building of its 600,000th house worldwide, having served over 3 million homeowners in its 37 years.
Habitat for Humanity and Homeowner Families
Habitat for Humanity selects homeowner families for both small and full-house projects based on three basic criteria. Habitat partner families must earn less than 80% of the county median income; must be willing to contribute “sweat equity;” and they must be currently living in substandard housing. Habitat gives its partner families a non-profit, no-interest loan, and maintains close contact with the families as they occupy their homes. Loan payments are used for the construction or renovation of additional, future affordable housing.
Habitat for Humanity Works in Partnership
Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with God and people everywhere, from all walks of life, to develop communities with God’s people in need by building and renovating houses, so that there are decent houses in decent communities in which God’s people can live and grow into all that God intended.
Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian organization. Its roots are in the ideas of Christian service. However, Habitat does not discriminate in welcoming volunteers, in choosing partner families. Habitat homeowners are chosen without regard to race, religion or ethnic group, marital status, or sexual orientation in keeping with U.S. law and with Habitat’s abiding belief that God’s love extends to everyone. Habitat also welcomes volunteers from all faiths, or no faith, who actively embrace Habitat’s goal of eliminating poverty housing from the world.
NEK Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors
Dan Swainbank, Danville – President
Patricia Janssen, St Johnsbury – Vice-President /ReStore Manager
Donna Gaston, Barnet – Secretary
Beth Williams, Danville – Treasurer
Susan Aiken, St Johnsbury – Family Selection and Support Chair
Bruce Starbuck, Lyndonville – Building Committee Co-Chair
Karen Lawson, Lyndonville – Volunteer Coordinator
Bonnie Jenks, Danville – Fundraising Committee
Rev. Christina Findlay, Lyndonville – Board Chaplain/Fundraising Committee
Tim Ingalls, Newport – Building Committee