Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County

Changing lives through the building of strength, stability, independence and shelter.

aka HFH of LB   |   Freehold, NJ   |  http://habitatmonmouth.org/

Mission

Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County strives to eliminate the need for people to live in sub-standard housing. By providing low-income families the opportunity to earn a home with "sweat-equity" and selling them the home for what it cost us with volunteer labor, and providing them with a 0% mortgage, we give people a hand up, not a hand out.

Ruling year info

1987

Executive Director

Ms. Diane Kinnane

Main address

45 South Street

Freehold, NJ 07728 USA

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Formerly known as

Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Monmouth County

Habitat for Humanity of Western Monmouth County

EIN

22-3284309

NTEE code info

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A major unmet need in our community is a lack of safe and decent affordable housing options. Through our week, HFHMC has witnessed firsthand the difficult conditions that families are subjected to because of the lack of affordable housing options. Historically, there has been a heightened need for services in the Monmouth County townships of Freehold Borough, Keansburg, Long Branch, and Union Beach. These communities have a median income that is 62% that of the country ($54,724 and $87,297 respectively) and a poverty rate more than double that of the county (11.7% and 5.3% respectively). Additionally, only about 58% of residents in these communities own their homes versus 74% at the county level. Residents of these municipalities have a demonstrated need for affordable housing solutions including new construction, repair and rehabilitation programs, financial counseling, and other community-based initiatives.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Affordable Housing Options through Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County

Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County (HFHMC) has four signature programs: new construction, Ramps and Rails (RR), A Brush With Kindness (ABWK), and Neighborhood Revitalization (NR). All of our programs focus on low-moderate income residents. Through our new construction program, HFHMC provides families an opportunity to own their first home through affordable payments. Traditionally, HFHMC builds single-family homes accompanied with financial and legal mentoring throughout the process. Our RR program focuses on exterior accessibility modifications that alleviate critical health and safety issues for homeowners in need. It helps households affected by age or disability to live safety and securely in their home. Home Safe is an expansion of the RR program that expands its continuum of care to include interior accessibility projects. ABWK is an exterior home repair program that provides minor exterior repairs (painting, landscaping, etc.) for homeowners in need. It assists low-moderate income homeowners who are unable to maintain their homes due to age, disability, or financial constraints. Lastly, our NR program empowers residents to make positive changes within their community. Our NR program is focused on the Troutman’s Creek neighborhood in Long Branch. Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County is the area's provider of affordable housing in the area. Families must meet the income requirement, live in sub-standard housing, and be willing to invest 250-450 "sweat-equity" hours working with Habitat's community volunteers.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

HFHMC's Board of Directors and staff completed a 2021 Strategic Plan which works towards the vision of becoming the leading service organization for affordable housing and community development in Monmouth County. Strategies and goals outlined in the plan will push HFHMC towards becoming the resource people think of first when considering where to turn for housing services, community resources, and rewarding volunteer experiences. Expanding services, building capacity, and bringing people together are outlined as priorities to bring about incremental and sustainable growth. The plan describes five overarching initiatives: (1) provide diverse programs, (2) operate with excellence, (3) bring people together, (4) build capacity, and (5) fund the mission.

Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County strives to build two-three new, single family affordable housing units each year. By partnering with affordable housing advocates and through our own marketing and social media efforts, we provide information on how to quality for a new home. There are guidelines which each potential partner family must meet.

Who do we serve?
Habitat partners with people who meet three basic criteria:
1. Need: Applicants will be eligible for our program if they are currently living in our service area and under conditions that are not adequate based on size, structural condition, or safety concerns.

2. Ability to Pay: Applicants must have a steady income to pay a low interest mortgage. We serve people whose income is between 35% to 70% of Monmouth County’s area median income. Income limits are available by clicking here.

3. Willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County: When selected, you become a “partner family” in the Habitat movement. Your participation in the construction of your home and the homes of others is called “sweat equity”. Families are required to complete 250-400 hours of “sweat equity”, depending on family size, prior to closing on their homes.

We carefully select families and individuals for each house we build or rehabilitate.

We rely on an extensive range of partners to complete our work. From securing donated materials to recruiting skilled volunteers to fundraising. Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County has developed long-term relationships with home improvement stores, lumber yards and with trade organizations. We also have extensive volunteer opportunities for individuals, organizations and corporations to assist our experienced construction crew in all stages of building. In addition, we conduct fundraising activities, write grants and host special events to financially support our programs.

All of our work is interconnected with a wide network of community partners. Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County offers an affordable homeownership program that services low to moderate income, hardworking families and individuals. By partnering with volunteers, corporations, donors, youth and congregations we are making the dream of homeownership a reality.

Since 1989, HFHMC has built 57 new affordable homes for first time home buyers and has rehabilitated over 100 homes. In 2014, HFHMC was tasked with responding to the devastation of Superstorm Sandy where over 75% of shore housing was damaged. Our affiliate returned over 125 Sandy-affected Monmouth County families back to their homes through providing critical repairs including lifts and reconstructions. In the past year, HFHMC has extended its services to include interior projects in addition to exterior projects as it became apparent that this pressing issue did not end at the front door. HFHMC is attuned to evolving needs of its community and has a strong history of responding quickly and efficiently. HFHMC is also ranked in the top 20% of affiliates in the country because of the number of families we are able to serve.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County

Board of directors
as of 3/25/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Greg Robinson

Board President

Term: 2019 - 2021

Nancy Doran

David Hinton

Gerdau Steel

Jane Buckiewicz

Blue Buffalo Co.

Evangelia Papamarkou

Bank of America

Barry Fisher

ACE Home Improvement

Robin Ginsburg

Wells Fargo

Gwendolyn Love

Lunch Break

Steve Palacek

Synergy Events

Gerry Scharfenberger

Monmouth County Freeholder

Kimberly Stulb

T&M Associates

James Wishbow

Wishbow Construction

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No