Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity receives $75,000 grant

Online Staff Report

The Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity (RAHFH) has been awarded a grant of $75,000 by the Community Grants Program of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL). The grant is the largest that the RAHFH has received from the CFNIL to date.

The RAHFH will be able to construct a fourth home during the 2015 build season thanks to this grant from the Community Foundation.

Upon completion, the home will be sold to a local family at no interest for the actual cost of the build. Families qualify for the program on the basis of need for adequate housing, ability to make affordable mortgage payments, and willingness to help build their home.

James Peterson, grants officer at the CFNIL, noted: “Affordable housing is such a critical need in our region. The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is excited to support a project that fundamentally improves our neighborhoods while giving families an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty in a way that preserves their dignity.”

RAHFH Executive Director Keri Nelson added: “Our organization has built 108 homes in the Rockford community, helping 125 families realize the dream of homeownership. This grant from the Community Foundation will allow us to provide a safe, decent, affordable home to another deserving Rockford family.”

The Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity was chartered as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International in 1988. Since that time, the organization has built 108 homes in metro Rockford with the mission of increasing access to affordable homeownership for low-income families.

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is the area’s largest provider of grants and scholarships. Its mission is to attract, grow, and preserve an endowment for the needs of the people of northern Illinois.

Posted Jan. 9, 2015

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