Hamilton- Asbury Street

HFHNS is currently working on the this site. We will be building two two bedroom homes at this location with construction starting this winter.

Lynn – river street

124 River Street, Lynn MA is under construction now and will be a three bedroom home for a single mother and her two children.

DANVERS – Coolidge Road

Habitat for Humanity North Shore (HFHNS) has completed a four bedroom home in a great neighborhood and has a young growing family living there and participating in the community.

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Danvers – Mill Street

The Mill Street project in Danvers is complete and housing tow young families, thanks to the Danvers Housing Authority and the Danvers Affordable Housing  Committee for making this possible.

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Lynn – Grover Street

The Grover Street project in Lynn is now complete and fully occupied by three families.  Thanks to all who made this possible.

In addition to Mill Street and Grover Street, HFHNS has completed several “Brush with Kindness” and “Neighborhood Revitalization” projects. Specifically, HFHNS was approached about an elderly couple living in a Route 1 trailer park. The roof of their decades old trailer sustained  significant damage during the last hurricane season and failed. When HFHNS was contacted, the inside of the trailer was compromised and would soon be uninhabitable. It was apparent to all that if something weren’t done immediately, the couple would be forced to leave their home of 16 years. So HFHNS stabilized the roof in a hurry last winter and this summer, over the course of three days, volunteers improvised a safe and secure rubber roof that will keep the couple dry next winter and for many years to come. In addition, HFHNS learned that a Lynn homeowner with four young children was at risk of losing her home because the retaining wall in her backyard was threatening collapse. The City and the neighbors were rightly concerned about this possibility and the resulting danger posed to both people and property. HFHNS erected a new wall allowing the homeowner to stay in her home and her children to play safely behind it.

It is shaping up to be a very busy fall and winter. The more we do, the more attention our work receives, and the more requests we receive for assistance. We will continue to respond to the best of our capabilities. Please join us. We work on site every Wednesday and Saturday. Visit www.habitatforhumanity-northshore.com for more information.

NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION

During a snowy January, an elderly couple living in a Route 1 trailer park approached Habitat for Humanity North Shore (HFHNS) board member, Andrew Neumann, about a problem that they were having with their decades old mobile home. It had sustained significant damage during the last hurricane season – the roof was failing and the inside of the trailer was compromised.  Something had to be done immediately or the couple would be forced to leave their home of 16 years.

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When Neumann and fellow board member, Jim Silva, visited homeowners, Ken and Laureen Scholnick, they found the situation to be even more urgent than first described. Outside the trailer some sort of vinyl had been used to cover what they later found to be the original metal roof and a blue tarp had been hastily nailed to the trailer and tied to the hand railing at the front door in an effort to hold back leaks. Inside, they saw that the ceilings were sagging in each room so significantly that in the kitchen the upper cabinets were leaning out from the walls and cupboard doors were falling open. Like the poorly installed vinyl patch outside, there was another patch – a single 2 X 4 – spanning the ceiling inside and valiantly, if ineffectively, bracing it against the weight of accumulated water, snow and ice.

Richard Lorigan interviewed the homeowners the following day. He explained Habitat’s Neighborhood Redevelopment Initiative (NRI) to the couple and helped them to complete the required paperwork. By all accounts, the two were strong candidates for the program – fixed income, no savings or available money for repairs, but relatively free of debt, and in exigent circumstances given that the next snowfall could cause a total roof collapse and sheltering with relatives was impossible.

Within a week, supplies were gathered from the Danvers building site and a local supply yard. Neumann supervised and directed the effort to raise the sagging ceiling and stabilized it by placing support timbers in the kitchen, living room and “Kenny’s Room.” Hydraulic jacks were used to lift the sections of ceiling back up into place and as the ceiling was moved, hundreds of gallons of water cascaded over the windows and sides of the small modest home. As the water flowed from the roof, much of the weight was removed from the structure, the roof was secured, and the immediate threats to the couple’s safety were eliminated.

HFHNS Volunteers returned to the trailer this summer to finish what had been started last winter and over the course of three days, they improvised a safe and secure rubber roof that will keep the couple dry next winter and for many years to come.

 

Retaining Wall

Last Spring, Habitat for Humanity North Shore (HFHNS) learned that a Lynn homeowner with four young children was at risk of losing her home because the retaining wall in her backyard was threatening to give way. The City and the neighbors were rightly concerned about the possibility of collapse and the resulting danger posed to both people and property. Lynn had put homeowner, Darlene Murphy, on notice that the retaining wall MUST be repaired.  When Darlene qualified for the Neighborhood Revitalization Project, HFHNS erected a new retaining wall in the her backyard allowing her family to stay in the home and her children to play safely behind it.

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In an open letter to HFHNS, Murphy expressed her gratitude to everyone involved with the repair acknowledging that Habitat’s prompt response and well-constructed repairs not only saved her from heavy fines and the potential loss of her home, but also gave her peace of mind and “a new beautiful safe backyard that [her family] will enjoy.”