FY23 Annual Report
Founded in 1982, Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland (HFHMM) creates opportunities for lower income families to break the cycle of poverty through homeownership. We believe a decent place to live and an affordable mortgage enables homeowners to save more, invest in education, pursue opportunities and gain financial stability. Since we began, we have mobilized the community to work alongside families to build 63 new homes, rehabilitate 39 vacant, distressed properties, and complete 726 weatherization and repair projects throughout Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. In doing so, we have helped over 1,667 people realize strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable housing. We have issued over $16 million in zero-interest financing and spent over $25 million on construction in the local community. HFHMM’s programs serve lower-income families who earn up to 80% of the area median income (AMI), who cannot secure conventional financing for either purchasing a new home or making repairs to their existing property, and who live in substandard housing or experience significant housing cost burdens. Our partner families must also complete sweat equity to build their future home, creating a collaborative and empowering experience.
Letter from Board Chair
Dear Friends of Affordable Housing,
As we reflect on the past year, I am filled with immense pride and gratitude for the accomplishments of Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland (HFHMM). Together, staff, volunteers, donors, board members, and community partners have made a significant impact on the lives of 78 families served in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. This brings us to 656 families impacted since our founding more than 40 years ago and this is made possible through activities in home construction, home preservation, Habitat ReStores and advocacy. To all of you that donated your time, talent and treasures, we sincerely thank you!
Your dedication and unwavering commitment are the driving forces behind Habitat’s success. This past year was marked by significant milestones as we remain committed to Habitat’s mission to build strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership. Read more…
Gerard McLoughlin, Jr., Chair*
Nicholas Serenyi, Vice Chair*
Scott Umosella, Treasurer*
Peggy Jones, Associate Treasurer*
Stephanie P. Anderson, Secretary*
Rev. Rochelle Andrews
*Denotes Executive Committee Member
Volunteers are the hands, hearts and voices for our mission to provide affordable housing solutions. In FY23, Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland engaged 5,216 individual volunteers in our offices, ReStores, and on our construction sites for a total of 37,832 hours. All of these efforts combined saved HFHMM $1,154,054 in FY23.
Juan Alvarez Gonzalez
Melissa de los Reyes
Niluka de Mel
Tina Del Casale
Zaheena (Areela) Hussain
The Randolph Road Community is an innovative development nestled near the intersection of Randolph and Veirs Mill Roads that unites Montgomery County, Arlington Housing Corporation, and Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland to transform 6.2 acres of county-owned land into a vibrant, desirable, and affordable mixed-income housing community.
Habitat Metro Maryland is building 27 homeownership units as part of the larger Randolph Road Community, which co-locates 3 single-family detached homes and 24 owner-occupied condos on a larger parcel with 160+ rental units.
The 24 two- and three-bedroom condominium units will have larger bedrooms than typically found in similar units, enabling them to house families of up to 6 people. The condos will be situated on a half-acre park that runs through the center of the community and will include opportunities for kids to run around a playground, families to grill for gathering, and residents to relax in a large open space.
Construction started in early 2023. Check out live updates here.
My name is Carolyn Hipkins, I am a single head of household. My other family members consist of a sister, her husband, and a niece and nephew. Originally, I’m from New Jersey. My family and I moved to the Washington, DC metro area when I was a junior in college. My parents, sister, and I lived in Silver Spring for a while prior to my parents purchasing a home in Cheverly. After graduating college and working for a few years, I moved out of my parents’ home.
I’ve lived in Prince George's County for several years now. I decided to apply for a Habitat home after living in a one bedroom, one bath home for over 5 years. Unfortunately, the apartment management was unresponsive and slow to respond to maintenance problems. Increasingly crime became a concern in this area, and I no longer felt safe living under these conditions. My Habitat home is in a much more peaceful location, close to my family, friends, and my church. The home is a single story so I won’t need to climb any stairs which will allow for aging in place. The home is close to a Metro Station which is great for my commute to work. After receiving the call that I’d been approved to purchase, I called my prayer partner, then another friend and prayer partner and, of course, my sister and her family. Everyone is both happy and overjoyed for me. I was most excited about seeing my finished home and realizing how my sweat equity helped build my forever home.
Habitat for Humanity ReStores play an integral part in Habitat’s mission, generating unrestricted revenue for our work. This enables more homeowners to achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves and their families. Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland proudly owns and operates two ReStores. From its humble beginnings in a cramped space on Gaither Road in Gaithersburg in 2006, ReStore has become one of the largest contributors to HFHMM’s affordable housing program in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. By purchasing from and donating to the ReStore, everyone not only gets great deals on materials, they also help fund the construction of homes in our local community and divert tons of materials from landfills. FY23 sales increased by 14% due to the amazing generosity of our donors in Montgomery and Prince George;s counties.
Home Preservation Program
Beyond the affordable home purchase opportunities that so many associate with Habitat for Humanity, we also offer a range of home preservation programs for income-qualified homeowners. The goal of these programs is to provide comprehensive repairs and modifications that address health, safety, and accessibility issues and help to alleviate energy-related cost burden for households throughout Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. As stated by Habitat for Humanity International, “A home is not affordable if it is not energy efficient, healthy, and safe throughout the entire life cycle of the home.”
In FY23, Habitat launched the Home Accessibility Rehabilitation Program (HARP). HARP is a FREE program through the Department of Housing and Community Affairs, administered by Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland. The goal of this program is to provide owner occupied homes with accessibility modifications.
Habitat continued to operate its weatherization program funded by the Maryland Energy Administration and the Montgomery County Homeowner Energy Efficiency Program in partnership with the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs. Habitat completed 38 energy efficiency related projects in FY23, making homes more comfortable and decreasing energy bills. In the coming years, Habitat will begin helping homeowners electrify their homes, making homes safer and reducing residential greenhouse gas emissions.
Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland believes EVERYONE should have access to safe, stable, healthy and affordable housing. For far too long, housing segregation and discrimination have caused massive inequities in health outcomes, educational outcomes, future income potential, wealth, and access to high quality food, public amenities, and transportation. We must work collectively to dismantle systemic racism and income inequities to ensure EVERYONE has access to communities of opportunity and high quality, affordable housing. While Habitat supports housing along the continuum, it is hyper focused on equitable access to homeownership, ensuring families can build generational wealth.
HFHMM’s policy priorities fall in the following areas:
Increasing the supply and preservation of affordable housing
Equitably increasing access to credit
Optimizing land use for affordable homes
Ensuring access to and development of communities of opportunity
Habitat advocates for affordable housing solutions from homelessness to homeownership. We are members of the Montgomery Housing Alliance and the Community Development Network of Maryland through which we amplify our voices through collective advocacy efforts. In FY23, Habitat successfully advocated for increased funding for accessibility modifications for low-income homeowners, equitable zoning amendments, and requiring universal design elements in new homes. Habitat also continues to participate in a national effort to advance Black homeownership and is excited to share more on this initiative in the coming years.
3rd Annual Polo Classic
Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland hosted its 3rd Annual Polo Classic on September 17, 2022. This “Derby” feel outdoor event was held at the beautiful Congressional Polo Club in Poolesville, MD. Individuals and businesses helped raise nearly $60,000 for affordable housing and enjoyed an afternoon outdoors with music, tailgating, and contests including "Best Hat" and "Best Dressed".
Anonymous, John and Suzanne Pranzatelli, Geico, The Etergino Group – RBC Wealth Management, Sandy Spring Bank, EagleBank, WesBanco Bank, Nicholas Serenyi, Susan Traver, Brett B. Lambert, Leif Ulstrup, Scott and Jennifer Umosella, Jim Coleman Automotive, Mary LoGiudice, Central Exteriors.
14th Annual Building Hope from Home Morning Mixer
On November 9, 2022, Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland hosted its 14th Annual Building Hope from Home Hybrid Morning Mixer. During the inspirational program guests viewed a special interview with Natosha Reid Rice, HFHI Vice President, Global Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officer; heard from a Family Partner and his personal story; and got the latest updates on our current Habitat projects and plans to serve more families in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. Together, our affiliate raised nearly $89,000 towards affordable housing in our local community.
Anonymous, Marriott International, MD DHCD, Chaney Cares, Fleisher Arrowood of Compass, Sandy Spring Bank, AHC, Inc., WesBanco Bank, Geico, Sandy Spring Builders, CAS Engineering, GTM Architects, Fine Earth Landscape, Paragon Title, Founders Bank, Victor Llewellyn Group, Gomez Insurance Co, Inc, Mimi and Michael Kress, EagleBank, Lerch, Early, & Brewer, Chtd., Infostructures Inc.
18th Annual John Lippincott Memorial Golf Tournament
Nearly 140 golfers gathered on Friday, June 2, 2023 for Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland's 18th Annual John Lippincott Memorial Golf Tournament at the Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, Maryland. The nearly $145,000 in funds raised from the event help HFHMM continue its work of building decent & affordable housing with lower-income families in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. This year’s event included an 18-hole round of golf at Whiskey Creek’s award-winning course, on course contests, BBQ dinner, auctions, raffles, and awards ceremony.
Millcreek Residential, RFC, Inc., Breeden Companies, Consolidated Waterproofing, DAVIS Construction, Wolf Fire Protection, United Therapeutics, Infostructures, Inc., Miscellaneous Metals, Inc., Whiteford Taylor & Preston, Advanced Windows, Katchmark Construction, Harkins Builders Inc., CIP Finishes, The Anderson Company, Boland, Bunting Door, Revolution Window Systems, CBG Builders, W.B. Hopke, Genco Masonry, Inc., The Lippincotts, ECS Mid-Atlantic, Sport Automotive, Griffin Dewatering.
Women Build 2023
Women Build is a multi-month event where women join together and work to recruit, nurture, train, and empower women in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties to address and help solve the housing crisis in their own neighborhood. Our program encourages women (and all individuals that wish to participate) to become empowered to break down stereotypes, learn the skills needed to build a home, help raise awareness about the critical need for affordable housing, and raise funds to build more affordable homes. This year, 64 teams of up to 10 members came together to help local families build a decent and affordable place they can call home. Raising more than $368,000 from individuals and businesses in our community, these participants helped to transform lives by making decent and affordable housing a reality for people in need. During FY23, Women Build teams helped to complete homes for three lower-income families; HFHMM's first duplex home in Takoma Park and a single family home in Glenarden, MD.
Schneider Electric, United Therapeutics, HMSHost, RLJ Lodging Trust, Choice Hotels, MGM National Harbor, DAVIS Construction, EagleBank, Boland, Cara Pearlman Group of Compass, Pepco, Himes Associates, Bozzuto, COMSO, Inc., Balfour Beatty, Constellation, Allan Myers, BuildGirls, Shimmick, Bright MLS, Truist, Nauticon.
Habitat for Humanity is a global organization working in more than 70 countries across 5 regions; United States and Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Europe and the Middle East. Habitat affiliates across the world have helped more than 46 million people improve their living conditions. It has always been Habitat for Humanity’s mission to eradicate substandard housing worldwide. In an effort to achieve this mission and to recognize the interconnectedness of our work and the world, every Habitat affiliate is asked to send a percentage of its unrestricted fundraising to an affiliate in another country.
Since 1982, HFHMM has contributed $615,000 to help build 170 homes internationally. For the past 8 years, HFHMM has shared resources with Habitat Nepal, supporting their efforts to recover from the earthquake of 2015. In addition to building and selling homes, Habitat Nepal has programs to empower youth, provide vocational training, create adaptable and disaster resilient home designs, strengthen the microfinance sector, and promote the use of environmentally friendly building materials.
HFHMM also supports the Global Village program, an opportunity for volunteers to help build decent and affordable housing around the globe. Our staff has participated in or led trips to rural Armenia, El Salvador, Fiji, Indonesia, Lesotho, Paraguay, Nepal, Macedonia, and Portugal.
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