During a weather emergency, where you live and the condition of your home is critical.
Even though it quickly downgraded, Hurricane Florence has deeply affected the coasts of North and South Carolina and is hitting communities hard. Widespread flooding, debris, loss of power, and downed trees threatened homes, livelihood, and well being.
Gentrification is certainly a pressing topic in Wake County these days. We like seeing investment in neighborhoods that have lacked investment for decades, but left uncontrolled, the market can quickly price out residents that have called the neighborhood home all their lives.
Today, we are excited to welcome former WNCN-TV news anchor, Sean Maroney, to the Habitat Wake staff. Sean’s position as our first-ever Major Gifts Officer is part of our growing commitment to our community. We want to do more as an organization to meet the enormous housing need in Wake County. We want to build more safe, affordable homes for hardworking families to buy. (Our goal is to grow from 57 to 70 new homes this year.) We want to be a more impactful voice for those in our community who need safe, affordable housing.
Habitat Wake's beginnings began at the Corner Restaurant in the town of Wake Forest. In early 1985, Jack VandenHengel; Chris Fuller, son of Habitat for Humanity International founder Millard Fuller; and three others met to discuss the formation of an affiliate in Wake Forest. Around the same time, Dennis Gabriel, John Wilson and Fred Johnson, were meeting to discuss organizing an affiliate in Raleigh.
At our Board of Directors annual meeting earlier this month, our visionary Board approved an aggressive plan for us to serve 245 families in our Fiscal Year 2018 which begins July 1. We are closing out a very successful FY17 June 30 and will serve 205 families, the first time in our history to reach the 200 family served level for a single year!For FY18, we’ll serve 70 families with homeownership opportunities and another 50 through our owner occupied Home Preservation repair program.