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What is Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester?

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester was founded in 1985 by local activists who identified the need for affordable housing opportunities in the Greater Worcester area and were committed to engaging groups of community stakeholders in solving the affordable housing problem. In 2007 we merged with the MetroWest affiliate to become Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester.

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester offers an opportunity for community residents to partner with families in need of housing, to work side-by-side with volunteers to build homes. Habitat’s vision is where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward accomplishing that vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with local families and veterans in need of a safe, decent and affordable home. Through shelter we empower.

How does Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester help local families?

Families in our community partner with Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers. They must contribute 400 - 500 hours of "sweat equity" on their project, attend financial education classes, and pay back a 0% interest rate loan.

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. While we believe in a universal mission and vision, we build homes for local families and veterans in the 42 cities and towns in our service area.

Our Service Area: Ashland, Auburn, Barre, Boylston, Brookfield, Charlton, Douglas, Dudley, East Brookfield, Framingham, Grafton, Holden, Holliston, Hopkinton, Leicester, Marlborough, Millbury, Natick, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Northborough, Northbridge, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Rutland, Sherborn, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Sudbury, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, Wayland, Webster, West Boylston, West Brookfield, Westborough, and Worcester.

We are the only Habitat affiliate on the East Coast to offer Operation Playhouse. Find out more about Operation Playhouse, one program that makes us a very unique affiliate!

How does Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester homeownership work? Are Habitat for Humanity houses free?

Families and veterans in our service area who need of decent, affordable housing apply for homeownership.

Homeownership is based on:

  • The applicant’s level of need. Families must fall into the 30 - 60% of Area Median Income.
  • Their willingness to partner with Habitat. Families must give back 400 - 500 "sweat equity" hours on their project.
  • They must attend financial education classes provided by Habitat.
  • The family must repay a 0% interest rate mortgage.

We offer families a hand up—not a hand out!

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing Habitat’s homeowners.

Our program is designed to provide housing options to those who do not qualify for conventional mortgages, while providing support systems to help families help themselves. To find out more about our selection process click here.

Does Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester only build new houses?

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester works in a number of different ways to create decent, local affordable housing. Through our Home Repair program, we help veterans and non-veterans repair and improve their own homes and neighborhoods.

  • In addition to new construction, Habitat also renovates existing homes in our community.
  • Habitat for Humanity helps people repair and improve their own homes and neighborhoods.
What are Habitat for Humanity affiliates?

Habitat for Humanity affiliates are local Habitat for Humanity organizations that act in partnership with and on behalf of Habitat for Humanity International.

Each Habitat affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area. Your local affiliate is Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester.

What towns are part of this affiliates service area?

Ashland, Auburn, Barre, Boylston, Brookfield, Charlton, Douglas, Dudley, East Brookfield, Framingham, Grafton, Holden, Holliston, Hopkinton, Leicester, Marlborough, Millbury, Natick, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Northborough, Northbridge, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Rutland, Sherborn, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Sudbury, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, Wayland, Webster, West Boylston, West Brookfield, Westborough, and Worcester.

What kind of donations does Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester accept?

Habitat depends on financial donations to fund our work to help local families and veterans to build a place they can call home. Visit our ways to give page to learn more.

We also have two local home improvement stores called Habitat ReStore, which sell reusable and surplus building materials, furniture, appliances, and other items to the public. One-hundred percent of the revenue from our ReStores benefits our mission to build homes, communities, and hope for local families and veterans. Our local ReStores are located at 640 Lincoln Street, Suite 100, Worcester and 310 Pond Street, Ashland. Visit our ReStore website to learn more about how you can donate.

For anyone wishing to make donations of services or materials for any of our other programs, please visit our Gifts-In-Kinds page.

For vehicle donations, please visit our Cars for Homes page.

What is a Habitat for Humanity ReStore?

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Habitat for Humanity ReStores are owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and proceeds are used to build strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable housing for local families and veterans.

Our local ReStores are located at 640 Lincoln Street, Suite 100 Worcester and 310 Pond Street, AshlandVisit our ReStore website to learn more on donating materials.

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester complies with the U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the nation. We support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or sources of income.

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