120 Habitat for Humanity Homes destroyed by tornadoes
in North Texas
May 17, 2013 - CNN reported yesterday that a strong weather system tore through the Granbury area of Hood County Texas destroying most of the 120 homes in a Habitat for Humanity neighborhood. According to the National Weather Service, at least 10 tornadoes touched down in the area overnight, killing at least six people and injuring more than 100 others.
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2013 Homes for Hope 5K Run/Walk
It was a special Mother's Day for Brenda Thoms (above), winner of the overall women's division in the second annual Habitat Homes for Hope Run/Walk on Sunday, May 12, 2013. First place in the overall men's division was Justin Langlois of Trenton. Nearly 100 enthusiastic runners refused to let the early rain dampen their spirits as they wound through and around the beautiful Monmouth University campus in West Long Branch, New Jersey. Once the sun came out, they were unstoppable! For complete race results visit Race Forum.
Proceeds from this year's Homes for Hope Run/Walk will benefit our Super Storm Sandy rebuilding efforts on the northern Jersey Shore, and help build two new homes for deserving Monmouth County families.
This year's race was sponsored by Western Monmouth Habitat for Humanity and Northeast Monmouth Habitat for Humanity in collaboration with Monmouth University. Other sponsors included The Jordan Real Estate Group, Sea Bright Solar, Wegman's, Long Branch Chiropractic, and the Anthem Institute.We thank everyone who so generously supported this event to help Habitat's mission to provide simple, decent housing for those in need.
Special thanks to the West Long Branch Police Department for keeping our runners safe!
Sea Bright Solar is a Diamond Sponsor
Join us for our 2nd Annual
Golf for Homes Event!
at the beautiful, private
Bella Vista Country Club
located in Marlboro, NJ
Get your foursome together and join us for the 2nd annual Western Monmouth Habitat for Humanity "Golf for Homes" outing!
The event will take place on September 23rd, 2013 at the Bella Vista Country Club, 100 School Rd East, Marlboro Township, NJ. The fee is $150 per person which includes a round of golf, golf cart, barbecue lunch, and Italian buffet dinner. Golf will be "best ball" format and prizes will be awarded. Registration information will be available at Western Monmouth Habitat for Humanity shortly, so get ready for a fantastic day of golf for a great cause!
Repair, Rebuild, Restore -
Western Monmouth Habitat helps in Union Beach
Fortunately, the area traditionally served by our affiliate in Western Monmouth County was mostly spared from the major destructive effects of Super Storm Sandy; however, many areas along the Monmouth County coastline were devastated. Western Monmouth Habitat for Humanity (WMHfH) is working with our neighbor affiliate, Northeast Monmouth HfH (NEHfH) and Habitat for Humanity International (HfHI) towards making a difference and helping affected families get back into their homes.
Union Beach was one of the areas hardest hit areas and is in need of help. Two of the 24 brand-new Chevrolet vans obtained and brought into the area by HfHI (http://www.habitat.org/blog/article125.aspx) were provided for our use. A 12 passenger van is used to transport volunteers from the Freehold area to various locations in Union Beach. A tool van includes tools and supplies for use in the recovery efforts. Working as a supporting group to NEHfH and with local officials, WMHfH volunteers are working on projects that vary from general cleanup to installation of drywall, outside siding, taping and spackling.
There is no timeline for completing work in Union Beach and other hardest hit areas, but it will be awhile before residents are able to return to their homes. Volunteers are still needed to help in the rebuilding efforts and we ask that you check our calendar link for upcoming work days and come join us in our mission.
HELP US FIND BUILDABLE LAND IN COLTS NECK
Recently, our non-profit affiliate was allocated $225,000 in funds by the Affordable Housing Committee of Colts Neck, to be used for a home building project in the township. Under this agreement, the money will be used to obtain property that will accommodate a home that complies with the state of New Jersey’s guidelines for affordable housing.
Due to the availability of open land in the area, this task, although difficult, is far from impossible. Habitat is hoping to find property that can be developed for affordable housing. Thanks to the dedication of Habitat’s staff, volunteers, and supporters, past efforts have allowed our organization’s efforts to thrive. While this project has the opportunity to continue fulfilling Habitat’s goals to eliminate substandard housing worldwide and to make adequate, affordable shelter available to families in need, the Township Committee has placed tight time limits on our performance.
Municipal officials will be required to approve the site where construction will take place. Upon completion of the residence, the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) will grant Colts Neck one COAH credit. However, they cannot approve the project if there is no land to develop. State regulations maintain that a portion of the town’s total fund for affordable housing will be applied toward assisting the purchaser of the Habitat home.
This prospect has the potential to provide a number of people the chance to be part of something wonderful. Due to the availability of undeveloped land in Colts Neck Township, this project is a great chance for landowners to support a cause that makes a difference in the lives of local families. Timing is especially critical for this mission. We ask that you spread the word about this important issue, and if you or someone you know would like to help, please contact the office of Western Monmouth Habitat for Humanity at (732) 308-3400.
One lot can make all the difference!