Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester (HFH) will break ground on Tuesday, October 27th at 1 PM to begin building an affordable duplex home at 4 Homestead Avenue.  Parking for the ceremony will be available in the Bethel Lutheran Church lot, located at 90 Bryn Mawr Avenue, just down the street from the groundbreaking site.

As part of an initiative to avoid abandoned, vacant homes, Bank of America donated the foreclosed property, which had been vacant since 2012, to Habitat for Humanity. The home has since been demolished, and Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester will be building a duplex on the site for two low-income families. In addition, Bank of America made a substantial monetary contribution toward building this home for a family in need.

The family selection process for the Auburn home has begun. An HFH family services coordinator, a Family Selection committee, and the Board of Directors, will carefully select two qualified families to live in the home. Selected families work with family partners and attend regular meetings to learn valuable financial and home improvement skills to prepare for successful home ownership.

Among those expected to attend and speak at the public Ground Breaking Ceremony scheduled for October 27th at 1:00 PM at the 4 Homestead Avenue site, is Ed Shea, Bank of America Worcester market president. Members of the Auburn Selectmen, and the Auburn Town Manager, supporters, staff, and volunteers will also be in attendance.

“Access to affordable, stable housing is foundational to a family’s financial well-being, resulting in better health, education and economic advancement and overall financial stability for families,” said Shea. “This is why Habitat for Humanity has been a valued partner of Bank of America for more than 25 years.”

Habitat has formed a Local Project Committee in Auburn that will provide the leadership and direction for the fundraising, community outreach, publicity, gifts-in-kind, and construction. Anyone interested in joining the committee should contact Deb Huegel at 508-799-9259, Ext. 118 or email Deborah.Huegel@habitatmwgw.org.

Tim Firment, Executive Director of HFH-MW/GW added, “We are grateful for the support provided by Bank of America and other sponsors. These sponsors are helping Habitat address the problem of poverty housing in our community. They show the way and encourage individuals, groups and organizations to volunteer their time, goods and services in helping Habitat achieve its mission.” HFH is still seeking additional sponsors to help support the Auburn build.

Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to build homes, community and hope for low-income families in the Greater Worcester and MetroWest areas of Massachusetts. Habitat has an open-door policy, welcoming all volunteers and supporters, regardless of religious affiliation, race, nationality or other background. Under the motto of “a hand up, not a handout,” they build houses with families rather than for them. Partner families must contribute 400 to 500 hours of sweat equity building their homes and learning skills to become successful homeowners. The families will then buy the home at a 0% interest rate mortgage based on their income, which must fall between 30% – 60% of the area’s median income.

For more information, contact Deborah Huegel, Development Director, at 508-799-9259, Ext. 118 or Deborah.Huegel@habitatmwgw.org. Or visit the HFH website at www.habitatmwgw.org