Building Safe, Decent, Affordable Housing

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

Our Mission Statement
To work in cooperation with the vision and principles of Habitat for Humanity International, bringing people together to build hope, homes and community and end poverty housing in Knox County, Maine.

About Midcoast Habitat for Humanity

Midcoast Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization. Habitat International, founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple and decent place to live in dignity and safety. Midcoast Habitat brings people together to build hope, homes and community. They are dedicated to fulfilling a mission of eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies’ and by providing training, support and access to resources to help families improve their living conditions. Midcoast Habitat builds strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

All are welcome
Midcoast Habitat for Humanity welcomes all who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live and are encouraged to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA, USA (06/01/18)-More than 250 homes will be built, renovated and repaired in communities across the country this week, as thousands of professional homebuilders and suppliers partner with Habitat for Humanity in the 2018 Home Builders Blitz. ©Habitat for Humanity International/Jason Asteros

Get Involved!

From building new homes and weatherizing existing ones to helping at the ReStore and working behind the scenes on our committees, there are many ways to volunteer.
Many volunteer opportunities available. Take your pick.
Help us eliminate substandard housing in our community! Every monetary gift helps.
Fill out an application to see if you qualify for a habitat home.
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Impact

Building Our Community One Family at a Time.

  In any community there is enough land, lumber, windows, doors and roofing to eliminate poverty housing. It’s just a matter of vision and willpower. And, it’s an opportunity for every community to become engaged as neighbors in a meaningful way.

Millard Fuller

Your support has helped us achieve…

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41 families given a hand up into homeownership

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12 homes at Philbrick Commons completed by early 2023

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12,600 volunteer hours given each year

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17 affordable housing rental & ownership opportunities planned for Firefly Field in 2022-2025

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180 tons of waste diverted from landfill annually through the ReStore

Habitat for Humanity is built on the foundation of bringing people together. The pandemic has highlighted the adverse effects on those families needing what Habitat provides, safe and affordable housing. When families across the country were directed to “shelter in place” a spotlight illuminated the critical lack of affordable and safe homes in our area. At Midcoast Habitat for Humanity, we are working to make a significant impact, bring shelter and hope to EVERYONE in our community. Shelter is the foundation and building a strong foundation starts with you.

We ask every hand and every heart to join us.

Thank you for your generosity,

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Tia Anderson, Executive Director

Meet Our Team

Executive DirectorTia Anderson

Construction SupervisorPeter Fagonde

Office ManagerCarissa Christie

ReStore ManagerJenny Hixon

ReStore Donation DriverTodd Look

BookkeeperKelli Sabatini

Board of Directors

Interim PresidentSusan G. Taylor

Vice PresidentVicki Doudera

TreasurerJustin Edelstein

SecretaryPatty Eddy

Dana Ayers

Peter Berke

Valli Geiger

John Healy

Kessler Horty

Leslie Luther

Brian Michaud

Jacqueline Wheelwright

Gerald Zwick

Links and Community Resources

Our Friends in the Community

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Habitat for Humanity

Midcoast Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI). We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) ecumenical organization, which, through partnerships with individuals, local companies, civic organizations and government, builds preserves safe, affordable housing and homeownership opportunities to low-moderate income residents. 

Who Does Habitat for Humanity Serve?

Midcoast Habitat serves hard-working, low-moderate income families who are currently living in unaffordable, sub-standard and/or overcrowded housing, who meet Habitat homeownership requirements, and who may not qualify for traditional mortgages. We assist those earning an income below the median income of our community.

What Does Habitat for Humanity Do For Our Community?

The most visible benefit to Knox County is the physical change that takes place in the neighborhoods where Habitat homes are built. Vacant lots are replaced by new homes where families live surrounded by well-kept yards. Less visible is the economic impact of a Habitat home. The new homeowners begin to pay real estate taxes on their properties once they move in. For example, a vacant lot contributes as little as $25 yearly in taxes, while a Habitat home, depending on its value, can contribute as much as $3,000. Affordable housing opportunities strengthens communities.

Where Does Habitat Build?

Midcoast Habitat builds in Knox County. We have built homes in Camden, Rockland, Hope, South Hope, and Thomaston. We are always seeking opportunities to build or rehab affordable homes in any of our 18 municipalities.

How Does Habitat Decide Who Gets a House?

Midcoast Habitat’s Family Selection and Support Committee carefully screens applicants through a thorough application process. Families are chosen on the basis of need, ability to pay an affordable mortgage and the willingness to provide 350 hours of sweat equity.

Are Habitat for Humanity Houses Free?

No. Habitat offers a “hand up,” not a handout. As an investment in their homes, our partner families agree to contribute hours of sweat equity. This includes working on their own home or other Habitat homes, attending homeownership classes and financial education workshops. Each family has a mortgage that is repaid over 20 to 30 years based on affordability guidelines. Monthly payments include mortgage payment, taxes and insurance. Each house is appraised prior to closing, and the difference between the first mortgage and the appraised value becomes a silent second note, which becomes payable upon decision to sell or by default. Midcoast Habitat for Humanity maintains first right to purchase and a shared equity agreement.

Do Habitat for Humanity Families Have to Make a Down Payment on Their Homes?

Habitat homeowners can make a down payment depending on their financial situation and affordability.

I want to help. What Opportunities are Available?

Our ability to acquire suitable land, construct simple but well-built and attractive houses, and supply affordable mortgages depends on community support. We appreciate your donation or volunteer support.

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