Harford Tech Students Bring Tenth Habi-Tech House To Havre de Grace


Habitat homebuyer Amanda Clark stands in front of the area of her future home on Ohio Street, Havre de Grace. (Photo Credit: Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna, inc.)

HAVRE DE GRACE - A new residence graces Ohio Street in Havre de Grace, a testament to the hard work of Harford Technical High School students. The "Habi-Tech" house, constructed by these students, was recently relocated to 420 Ohio Street, marking the tenth collaboration in a two-decade partnership between Harford Tech HS and Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna—and the inaugural house in Havre de Grace.

The entire project represents two years of dedication by Harford Tech students, mentored by school instructors in comprehensive home design and construction practices. From the outset, the house is built in two halves, side-by-side, on steel frames with wheels, facilitating easier transportation.

"The Habi-Tech program serves both students and low-income families. It provides practical experience for the students while also helping others in the community," said Yvonne Golczewski, Executive Director of Habitat Susquehanna,

Transporting the house involves meticulous coordination. Digging and Rigging, Inc. shouldered the responsibility of transporting these halves. Modular Genius generously donated their services and the essential steel frames for the project.

Amanda Clark, a mother of three young boys, will become the homeowner. Contrary to popular misconception, Habitat homes are not giveaways. Prospective homeowners like Amanda commit 250 hours of "sweat equity," attend financial education classes, and ultimately, they must purchase the home.

Amanda, a single mother of three boys (ages 6, 3 and 2), applied through Habitat Susquehanna’s Homeownership Program. (Photo Credit: Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna, inc.)

After a dedication ceremony, Amanda will finalize the purchase, bearing a mortgage like any traditional homebuyer. To be financially eligible for such a home, applicants must have an income above $35,000, catering to those unable to secure a conventional mortgage.

Community involvement continues to play a critical role in this initiative. Volunteers will be needed for several months to help finalize the construction of the "Habi-Tech" home. Those interested can sign up on the Habitat Susquehanna website.

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