New duplex at 4 Homestead Ave., Auburn. (Submitted Photo)

New duplex at 4 Homestead Ave., Auburn. (Submitted Photo)

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester (HFH-MW/GW) announces the dedication of its duplex style home at 4 Homestead Avenue in Auburn on Saturday, December 17th at 11 AM. The two local families chosen to live in the homes will be present at the dedication, at which the ceremonial key will be passed to them. We are delighted to have the families move into the home before the start of the holiday season. The ceremony will include remarks from the families and local leaders, followed by light refreshments.

Parking will be available in the Bethel Lutheran parking lot, located at the intersection of Bryn Mawr and Homestead Avenue, or along Bryn Mawr Avenue, in Auburn.

History of the Auburn Build
As part of an initiative to avoid abandoned, vacant homes, Bank of America donated the foreclosed property, which had been vacant since 2012, to HFH-MW/GW. The home was demolished, and a new, duplex style home was constructed. The groundbreaking took place in October of 2015. Two qualified families were chosen to live in the home. They each contributed 400 – 500 hours of “sweat equity” on the project, going along with our motto that we offer families a hand up – not a hand out. Families also pay back a 0% interest rate mortgage.

Among those expected to attend and speak at the Dedication Ceremony are Tim Firment, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester and Auburn Board of Selectmen Chairman, Kenneth Holstrom.

Mr. Firment said, “We are grateful for the support provided by Thrivent Financial, Bank of America and other sponsors. They lead the way and encourage individuals, groups and organizations to volunteer their time, goods and services in helping Habitat achieve its mission to build homes, community, and hope. And we are delighted to provide two local families with an affordable home in a safe neighborhood. Moving the families into the home before the holiday season is exciting for us and them.”

Our mission is to build homes, community and hope for low-income families in the Greater Worcester and MetroWest areas of Massachusetts. Under the motto of “a hand up, not a handout,” we 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 their website at www.habitatmwgw.org.