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Nelson County Habitat for Humanity Announces Merger

For immediate release- Sam Rabon, 434-394-3001 ext. 200, sam@farmvillehabitat.org

Nelson County Habitat for Humanity Announces Merger

Over the past 25 years, the Nelson County Habitat for Humanity has built homes with 26 local families, helping them realize affordable homeownership. This has only been possible because of individuals and organizations- advocates, donors, and volunteers- who embrace the vision of a community where everyone has a decent place to live. In this spirit of collaboration, we have enjoyed a unique partnership since 2012 with the Building Trades class at Nelson County High School. The students build the majority of each home on campus, before moving to the site where finish work is completed. We are proud of the impact locally as this has truly been an all-volunteer effort.

But since the need for safe, decent, affordable housing continues to grow, we are not content to remain where we are. In our local community, 44% of households fall below the Household Survival Budget, the bare minimum income a family needs to meet the basic necessities each month. Since housing costs are a large portion of that budget, we desire to help as many families as possible experience the stability that comes with an affordable mortgage.

To that goal, we are happy to announce that as of July 1, the Nelson County Habitat for Humanity will merge with the Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity. Fred McGee, the Chair of the Board of Directors for Nelson Habitat notes, “The combination with Farmville Habitat will enable us to continue and expand our mission of providing affordable housing to Nelson County and other rural Virginia counties.”

In its 28 year history, the Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity has built or repaired 42 homes. Jayne Johnson, Executive Director, notes, “We are honored to be recognized for our history of local impact and to be seen as a model Habitat affiliate. We are excited to serve Nelson County, along with the counties we currently call home: Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, and Prince Edward. To embrace our truly regional identity, our name is changing to Piedmont Habitat for Humanity.”

The combined expertise, experience, and resources of both affiliates will allow for all five counties to be served with even greater capacity. Johnson states, “We have created an aggressive strategic plan for the next five years that will truly change the landscape of affordable housing in our region.” Piedmont Habitat for Humanity eagerly anticipates and appreciates the continued support of local citizens who rally together to lend a hand in helping all of our neighbors build a brighter tomorrow through the stability of safe, decent, affordable housing.

Habitat for Humanity serves lower to medium income individuals and families who have a demonstrated need for housing, the ability to pay an affordable mortgage, and are willing to partner by volunteering hundreds of hours working on their home and another Habitat home.


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