EXPO Silent Auction & 50-50 Raffle 

January 19, 2016  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Things to do

to benefit Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity

Auction 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
in the Exhibition Hall downstairs

This year, the 50-Plus EXPO is proud to support the Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity with a raffle and a silent auction.

As part of your day at the EXPO, take a moment to peruse the amazing offerings at this year’s silent auction. Make a bid or two on the numerous wonderful and unique offerings the silent auction has to offer this year. There is a wide array of goods and services on the auction block so you’re sure to find something you’d like to take home.

All proceeds from the auction and raffle collected this year will support the Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity’s Chittenden County programs and services.

A SAMPLING OF AUCTION ITEMS

Silent auction items include four passes to Shelburne Museum, two day tickets to Pico Mountain, four round trip gondola rides from Stowe Mountain Resort, treasures from the Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity ReStore, two season tickets to the Brick Church music series and much more!

50 Plus EXPO supports Habitat’s mission

Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity constructs simple, decent, affordable homes and sells them at cost to working families who are at or below 60 percent of the median household income and who live in substandard rental housing.

The Community Need

There is not enough affordable housing for low-income working Vermont families in our community. More than half of the renters in Chittenden County lack affordable housing, because there aren’t enough rental properties and this results in high rent costs. This shortage of rental properties unfortunately means that some landlords don’t  maintain their properties. As a result, many families live in apartments with unsafe electrical and plumbing services, mold, poor insulation and high energy bills. As rents increase, or the rental properties are sold, families often have to move.

The median cost to buy a house in Chittenden County is $261,000, far out of reach of low-income working families. Their paychecks go to rent, utility bills, food, childcare and health care, leaving little to save for a down payment. They don’t qualify for conventional mortgages because their incomes are too low, so they are forced to stay in substandard rental housing.

Who We Help

In order to qualify for a GMHfH home, a family must have an income of less than 60 percent of the median income in our community, must be living in substandard housing and must complete 400 sweat equity hours helping to build their home or working at the Habitat ReStore.

Our Solution

Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity builds decent, simple and energy-efficient homes and sells them at cost to low-income families who have been living in substandard rental housing. We are able to keep the cost of the home as low as possible for our partner families by depending on volunteers to help build the houses, to work with our staff of three and to help at our Habitat ReStore.

Our Funding 

We must raise all of our funding locally and receive NO funding from Habitat for Humanity International. We are funded by:

Local donations from individuals and grants

Mortgage payments from our current Partner Families

Revenue from the Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Williston.

We use funding to purchase land, building materials and hire tradespeople to build the homes. We have built 66 homes in Chittenden County since our inception in 1984 and want to build more to meet the need in our community.

By providing the opportunity for lower income working families to own a safe, energy-efficient home, GMHfH is providing a permanent solution to substandard housing, one Habitat family at a time. 

Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity ReStore

To provide an ongoing source of revenue, we opened the Green Mountain Habitat ReStore, on Route 2A in Williston. The ReStore is a thrift store which accepts donated new or gently used furniture, housewares, appliances, children’s items, cabinets and building supplies and sells them to the public. The revenue earned helps us to build more houses, and keeps usable items out of our area landfills.

Homeownership Helps Families in Our Community

This “hand-up” to a home of their own enables families to leave substandard housing, move into a safe and energy-efficient home, establish or improve their credit rating,  provide a positive model for their children and break the cycle of poverty. Children who live in a stable, safe home are more successful in school, and have fewer behavioral and emotional challenges.

When you attend the 50 Plus EXPO, please consider making a donation to Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity!

 

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