History of Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod

Habitat Restore in Cape Cod is now over two years old, but the overall organization has been on Cape Cod much longer…

Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod

On October 1, 1988 Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod (HHCC) was founded as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Our first home was dedicated in Wellfleet in November 1989. Our 81st home was dedicated in September 2013 on Bevan Way,Orleans.

But 81 homes with 81 families in 25 years is just a piece of our story.

Twelve major rehabs by volunteers, with zero-interest loans for materials, allowed low income homeowners to correct substandard conditions and remain in their homes.

Countless ramps, as well as other modifications and repairs, have been completed by groups of Habitat volunteers rallying to assist neighbors in need.

Three Habitat homes have been re-sold to income-eligible buyers; all homes built since 2000 are deed restricted to continue as affordable homes in perpetuity

Habitat for Humanity of Cape CodDedicated volunteer leaders and crews have allowed us to actively partner with other non-profit and public agencies to lend a hand in their affordable housing initiatives. We created a decent 2-family rental in Provincetown from a condemned house and restored “the oldest house in Hyannis” to provide affordable rentals for single working people.

We developed six “conventional affordable” homes (contractor built, and sold with a bank mortgage to families at 80% of median income) at Danvers Way, Hyannis, in addition to the ten Habitat for Humanity homes built in that neighborhood. We also built five “conventional affordable” homes at Gomes Way, Harwich in addition to the 8 Habitat homes in that neighborhood.

From day one, we have tithed “a house for a house” – dedicating 10% of unrestricted donations to build Habitat homes in developing nations. And 2010 marked the 5th year that we supported a team of Habitat volunteers rebuilding in the U.S. gulf region.

Still, the most important accomplishments are those that are beyond counting:
families stabilized and thriving…the growing fellowship of people united by our work and mission…the empowerment of home buyers and volunteers learning new skills together, forging new friendships and connections…the public advocacy that has made affordable housing a “front burner” issue in most Cape towns.

We are grateful for our steadfast and generous community partners. With your active support, we will celebrate and honor 25 years by re-dedicating ourselves to our mission and work: building homes, hope, lives and community.

Thank you for YOUR support!

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