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University of Richmond and RMHFH Build on Partnership in Highland Park

University of Richmond students, faculty, staff and alumni build Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity house in Highland Park neighborhood.

The University of Richmond is partnering with Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity (RMHFH) to build its 2nd Habitat house in Northside Richmond’s Highland Park neighborhood. The home build at 621 E. Brookland Park Blvd is part of The University of Richmond’s Build It program, the school’s largest sustained community-engagement initiative which began in Highland Park in 2005. Build It currently partners with six schools and organizations in Highland Park, providing services such as tutoring, mentoring, technology instruction, health and nutrition education, leadership development and labor for neighborhood redevelopment projects. The program develops long-term, reciprocal community partnerships that create experiential-learning opportunities for students while helping to fulfill unmet needs in the community.

This build has its roots in a long-standing partnership between the University of Richmond and RMHFH, which dates back to 1989 when UR students participated in the first RMHFH home build. In the early 1990’s, the Bonner Scholars Program arose out of this period of student volunteerism and its work with Richmond Habitat. The student-run University of Richmond Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter and the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) worked with RMHFH to coordinate the logistics of the build. U. of Richmond students, faculty, staff, and alumni began construction of the new home on February 24, 2010. The new Habitat home in Highland Park is being built to EarthCraft™ standards and will be rated in a variety of energy efficiency categories, including site planning, resource efficient building materials, indoor air quality, water conservation, homeowner education, and waste management. Read more at http://engage.richmond.edu/habitat.html

The University of Richmond and RMHFH will celebrate their sustained partnership and home build efforts at a special ceremony April 8 at 3:30 p.m. at the home build site. University of Richmond President Edward L. Ayers will work onsite from 2-3 p.m. and then join student, faculty, staff and alumni in the celebration, to include speeches, music, food, and tours of the home.

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April 8, 2010 at 12:17 am

University of Richmond and Richmond Habitat Continue Strong Partnership in Brookland Park

The University of Richmond will continue its involvement in the Highland Park neighborhood by building a second house there this spring in partnership with Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity.

For two months, beginning Feb. 24, students, faculty, staff and alumni will Read the rest of this entry »

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March 29, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Hope With Homework

Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity is teaming up Chesterfield Technical Center to build a home in partnership with a qualified Chesterfield County family through the generous support from the Cabell Foundation.

Richmond Habitat is growing its relationship with Chesterfield County’s Technical Center.  Chesterfield Technical Center (CTC) is building a Richmond Habitat home as a ‘real world’ classroom to increase and hone student skills in carpentry, plumbing, Read the rest of this entry »

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March 29, 2010 at 10:30 pm

A Historic Moment for Affordable Housing in Virginia: Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity announces the first Community Land Trust Development in the Commonwealth

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A Historic Moment for Affordable Housing in Virginia:

Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity announces the first Community Land Trust Development in the Commonwealth

On November 17th, Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity (RMHFH) announced the launch of Virginia’s first operational Community Land Trust development; a landmark moment in the history of affordable housing in Read the rest of this entry »

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February 15, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Interested in living at the Pillars at Oakmont, Richmond Habitat's new multi-family development in Church Hill?

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Interested in living at the Pillars at Oakmont,
Richmond Habitat’s new multi-family development in Church Hi
ll?

The Pillars at Oakmont is Richmond Habitat’s first foray into building attached residential housing in a mixed-income neighborhood. The 15 home development, located on in-fill acreage at T Street and 33rd Street in Richmond’s historic Church Hill, will feature 12 town homes and a triplex unit with 2-3 bedroom floor plans for sale in three income brackets:

30-60% Area Median Income Earners (9 homes reserved)
60-80% Area Median Income Earners (3 homes reserved)
No Income Requirements (3 homes will be sold on open market)

The development, located at T Street and 33rd Street in the City’s Church Hill neighborhood, will offer a natural intersection of income earners to reflect the diverse, mixed-income population that lives in this walk-able, urban community.

Interested applicants should call for additional information to reserve a space in this development. Those residents who have lived or worked for one year in the City of Richmnd and the counties of Amelia, Charles City, Chesterfield, Henrico, and New Kent are eligible to apply. Call 804-232-7001, or email linda@richmondhabitat.org .

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February 15, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Are you a teacher, public safety employee, government worker or part of the private sector workforce and struggle to meet your monthly home mortgage or rental payment? Do you want to have access to affordable housing in your locality? Are you interested in purchasing an affordable home?

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Are you a teacher, public safety employee, government worker or part of the private sector workforce and struggle to meet your monthly home mortgage or rental payment? Do you want to have access to affordable housing in your locality?  Are you interested in purchasing an affordable home?

Richmond Habitat recognizes that the median price of a home in the Richmond region increases approximately 50 percent every five years, yet worker salaries are not keeping up with these increases. In response to this critical gap between housing costs and income level increases, RMHFH has expanded its services to a wider range of income earners to help meet the affordable housing needs of our growing workforce population. While our core mission remains focused on familes in the 30-60% area median income population, Richmond Habitat’s service epansion now makes it possible for families with earnings in the 60-80% area median income bracket to also apply for our homeownership program.

30-60% area median income
>60-80% area median income

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February 15, 2010 at 2:15 pm

2 New Homes Dedicated in the 1st Habitat for Humanity Subdivision in New Kent County New Kent Community Joins Together to Build “Street of Dreams” for Working Families

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2 New Homes Dedicated in the 1st Habitat for Humanity Subdivision in New Kent County

New Kent Community Joins Together to Build “Street of Dreams” for Working Families

Richmond Habitat for Humanity’s New Kent Committee dedicated two new homes in the 1st Habitat for Humanity subdivison in New Kent County, located at 6301 Hopewell Road. New Kent Committee members, led by Chairman Alan Files, presented the keys to the new homeowners in a special community celebration at the new subdivision on June 23.

The new Habitat development will add 6 new homes to the County’s affordable housing inventory, offering workforce families the opportunity to live in the County where they currently work to provide needed services to County residents. It is estimated that the new subdivision will add approximately $1,000,000.00 to the New Kent County tax base.

Construction of the 1st two homes began on March 21. Over 500 volunteers participated in the New Kent community build effort alongside two Habitat partner families.

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February 15, 2010 at 2:14 pm