65th House

Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick-Clarke is excited to be working on our 65th home. In less than a year, this once blighted property will become a brand new home to local Winchester resident and single mom, Beulah Gayle, and her two young children.

Beulah is looking forward to being able to provide a safe, affordable home for her family. When Beulah partnered with HFHWFC, she went straight to work on her Sweat Equity requirements by volunteering at the ReStore. When construction begins, she will work alongside volunteers to construct the home she will purchase. All Habitat homeowners pay an income-based, no-interest mortgage.

This project is being resourced in large part by the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)--a program created by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HOME grants offer states and localities funds to support a wide range of activities including building, buying, and/or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or homeownership. HOME is the largest Federal block grant given to state and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households.

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission (NSVRC) governs the financial administration of this government program. The program’s flexibility allows local governments to use HOME funds for grants, direct loans, loan guarantees or other forms of credit enhancements. Alexandria Schweiger, NSVRC’s Community Development Program Coordinator, addresses affordable housing in the Northern Shenandoah Valley region through use of HOME funds in collaboration with nonprofits such as HFHWFC.

“HOME funds allow us to accelerate and broaden access to affordable housing as a foundation for community development,” said Matthew Peterson, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick-Clarke. “This home will not only open the door to opportunity for the entire family, but it will also take a once-derelict property and put this beautiful house on the tax roll so it can economically contribute back to the community. While the HOME grant gets us more than halfway there, we are still in need of support to create the ‘last dollar’ on this project, so please do consider a gift to Habitat to help Beulah realize her dream next spring.”