Habitat For Humanity Builds in Novato

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Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco broke new ground in Novato last week at the Mt. Burdell Place,1112 4th Street, near Grant Street.

Mt. Burdell Place is Habitat for Humanity’s first new construction development in Marin County since 2010 when Habitat renovated four blighted and distressed Marin County homes. With this new location, ten low-income families in Marin will now be able to purchase affordable homes.

About 150 people gathered together on a 30,000 sq. ft. lot, which was used as a trash dumping ground before Habitat purchased it with a $428,000 loan from the City of Novato. Ten houses will be constructed on the site, each of which will be between 1400 to 1900 square feet, with three bedrooms, two baths and a two-car garage. These homes will include solar panels, drought tolerant landscaping, and tank-less water heaters.

< p class=”p1″>Philip Kilbridge, CEO Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco; Miguel Garza, Habitat’s first Marin Homeowner; Dr. Thomas Peters, President and CEO Marin Community Foundation; and, Jeanne Macleamy, Mayor Pro Tem Novato spoke at the Ceremony

Macleamy said Habitat is going to partner with hard-working, responsible families who make less than 80% of the area medium. A family of four making between $52,000 and $83,000 a year will qualify to purchase a home. There will be a zero interest and a zero down payment for their mortgages. Each family will also have to contribute 500 hours of work towards the construction of the home.

Miguel Garza, a Marin County social worker and volunteer disaster responder, purchased his home in Novato through Habitat For Humanity in 2011. Owning a home has made a huge difference to him and his family. Garza says that parents want to provide a home for their family and new development will provide families the opportunity to purchase a home.

“These homes will be a blessing, provide shelter, and teach children how to be good homeowners, and families how to be steward of the land that they own,” says Garza.

For information on purchasing a house through Habitat For Humanity, volunteering to help build these homes, or to donate to Habitat For Humanity, go to www.habitatgsf.org.

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