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In our 30 years, we've completed 57 homes in 21 towns, helping more than 102 adults and 200 children build a place to call home.

South Shore Habitat for Humanity was founded in Norwell in 1986 as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. We serve 35 cities and towns south and southwest of Boston. Help us change lives in all 35!

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Financial Info Click on the links below to download

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Board of Directors

Officers

  • President: Chad D’Adamo, CPCU, Senior Research Analyst, Arbella Insurance Group
  • Vice President: James Duff, SVP, Commercial Loan Officer, Bridgewater Savings Bank
  • Treasurer: Peter R. Brown, Jr. Assistant Vice President, State Street Corporation
  • Secretary: Barry Gifford, Retired, Cambridge Chemical Technologies, Inc.

Directors

  • Mark Buchholz, Elder, Minister and Administrator, Boston Church of Christ
  • Dustin DeMeritt, Director of Marketing, radius financial group, inc.
  • Jonathan Gabriel, Counsel, Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Stephen J. Marshall, Professional Civil Engineer and Certified Construction Manager, Massport, Retired
  • Michael McMahon, President/CEO, Hill & Partners, Inc.
  • Mark A. McKinnon, CISM, SVP Technology & Retail Banking, Commonwealth Cooperative Bank
  • Matthew Mulroney, Tax Director, Kevin P. Martin Associates, P.C.
  • Sharon A. Mutrie, Vice President of Sales, Bay Copy .
  • Glenn Tattrie, Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, South Shore Bank

Affiliate Staff

  • Martine L. Taylor, Executive Director, Ex-Officio Board Member
  • Richard T. McGowan, Director of Operations
  • Evelyn L. Nelson, Vice President of Development
  • Ron Waite, Construction Manager
  • Noreen Browne, Director of Program Services
  • Sarah Amaral, Community Relations Manager
  • Rita Newcomb, Office Volunteer

ReStore Staff

  • Eileen Kessel, Assistant ReStore Manager
  • Michele Beers, Cashier
  • Joe Regan, Donor Relations Manager
  • Paul Chiano, Carolyn Neill, Donation Ambassadors

Our Vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

HFHI Principles

Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.

We undertake our work to demonstrate the love and teachings of Jesus, acting in all ways in accord with the belief that God's love and grace abound for all, and that we must be "hands and feet" of that love and grace in our world. We believe that, through faith, the miniscule can be multiplied to accomplish the magnificent, and that, in faith, respectful relationships can grow among all people.

Focus on shelter.

We have chosen, as our means of manifesting God's love, to create opportunities for all people to live in decent, durable shelter. We put faith into action by helping to build, renovate or preserve homes, and by partnering with others to accelerate and broaden access to affordable housing as a foundation for break- ing the cycle of poverty.

Advocate for affordable housing.

In response to the prophet Micah's call to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God, we promote decent, affordable housing for all, and we sup- port the global community's commitment to housing as a basic human right. We will advocate for just and fair housing policy to eliminate the constraints that contribute to poverty housing. And, in all of our work, we will seek to put shelter on hearts and minds in such powerful ways that poverty housing becomes socially, politically and religiously unacceptable.

Promote dignity and hope.

We believe that no one lives in dignity until everyone can live in dignity. We believe that every person has something to contribute and something to gain from creating communities in which all people have decent, affordable places to live. We believe that dignity and hope are best achieved through equitable, accountable partnerships.

Support sustainable and transformational development.

We view our work as successful when it transforms lives and promotes positive and lasting social, economic and spiritual change within a community; when it is based on mutual trust and fully shared accomplishment; and when it demonstrates responsible stewardship of all resources entrusted to us.

Non-proselytizing policy

Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations will not proselytize. Nor will HFH work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with HFH. This means that HFH will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

own a home

Lake Shore Housing Application

Westwood Housing Application

equal opportunity housing Giving Families a Hand Up, not a Hand Out.

Selected homeowners work alongside volunteers on the construction of their home. Families purchase the home and receive a 20-30 year, affordable mortgage from South Shore Habitat for Humanity. A perpetual deed restriction maintains the affordability status of each home. South Shore Habitat uses the principal payments to finance future home construction for other families with housing needs in the South Shore Area. Habitat Family Partners are selected through a competitive process based on their ability to pay, willingness to partner and need for adequate housing. South Shore Habitat for Humanity offers a hand-up, not a hand-out. Our partnership program includes educational workshops to equip new homeowners with the skills necessary to be active members of their communities.

Applications will not be available until we are actively marketing a property for sale. Once an application period is open, the application will be available for download here. We will market the property for 60 days. Applications will also be available at the local library, the affiliate office in Weymouth and the ReStore in Hanover. A sample application is available to view.

Habitat Family Partnership selection is based on the following guidelines and level of need as determined by:

  1. Current living conditions; must demonstrate a housing need, beyond the desire of owning a home;
  2. Willingness to partner with Habitat to provide 250 sweat equity hours, per adult, volunteering on a home or other volunteer opportunities with Habitat South Shore;
  3. Willingness to attend financial workshops before, during and after construction of the home;
  4. Ability to repay a 20-30 year affordable mortgage. Employment/income verification, credit checks and review of bank statements are required.
  5. Must be a first time homebuyer (some exceptions may apply). See Sample Application

In order to qualify, applicants typically have minimum annual income of $37,000 and maximum annual income limits of no more than 60% of the area's median income.

Maximum household income allowed for 2017 (based on 60% of AMI as determined by HUD) are as follows:


For more information about opportunities for homeownership, please contact Noreen Browne at nbrowne@sshabitat.org

Interested in helping? Volunteers and donations go a long way in the creation of affordable housing.

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