By Lee Vorderer
After years of planning, negotiation, and hard work the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell’s project in Bedford is nearly complete. Of the eight residences promised for the multi- acre site on North Road, seven are finished, and the last one nears completion.
It’s been a wonderful effort from first to last – lots of contributions of materials and money, lots of commitment from Town Boards and the Habitat Administration, and lots of hours from volunteers from Bedford, students and faculty from Shawsheen Regional Technical High School, and companies in the area have resulted in new homes for eight families, a new neighborhood on North Road, and a more diverse Bedford.
With these buildings, Habitat began a new chapter in its commitment to green building, achieving remarkable levels of efficiency with seven of the eight houses, and making a firm commitment to build future houses with doorways and intra-wall supports sufficient to enable them to be made accessible to people with disability.
Congratulations to all who took part, especially to the three churches in Bedford who made a covenant with Habitat to support this Bedford work: First Church of Christ, Congregational, St Paul’s Episcopal Church, and First Parish Unitarian/Universalist Church.
About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell is a nonprofit organization that was established locally in 1991. The organization works to create home ownership opportunities for people in need by building housing in the Merrimack Valley and Greater Lowell communities. It relies on volunteer labor, financial contributions, and donations of building materials to build and renovate houses. Although the houses are fairly moderate, they are perfect for families in need.
Homes built by Habitat for Humanity volunteers are sold to families at no profit (usually between $125,000 and $150,000), and the new homeowner is given affordable, no-interest loans to ensure that they are able to keep their new homes. The mortgage payments that are collected from the families are used to finance the building of more homes for other needy families. Homeowners are also required to participate in the building process by given a considerable amount of their own time and effort.
Re-Store in Billerica
While Habitat for Humanity and Bedford have the project on North Road to celebrate, Habitat is also celebrating the opening of its new ReStore, located at 257 Boston Raod, (the old Iverson Ford Dealership, (Rt. 3A/129) in Billerica. The Greater Lowell Habitat for Humanity ReStore sells new and gently used building materials and household items to the public.
All items donated to the ReStore are a tax deductible contribution. Once cleaned and priced, the items are then sold to the public at steeply discounted prices (50-70% off retail). Whenever possible, appropriate items are set aside for the construction of Habitat homes.
Income from the ReStore generates funding to build more homes. Please consider making a trip to the ReStore when you are looking for something for your home or when you have something to donate, and know that you are contributing to the success of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell each time you make a ReStore connection.