Habitat for Humanity to Celebrate 2 Lower Cape Projects

Habitat for Humanity homes in Chatham to be dedicated Thursday, August 10.

BREWSTER – Habitat for Humanity Cape Cod is celebrating two projects on the Lower Cape next week – one finishing up and another just getting underway.

A project kickoff event for six new homes being built in Brewster will be held Monday evening at Brewster Baptist Church at 5:30 p.m.

The event will be an opportunity for the families to meet with volunteers participating in the build.

The six families were chosen from about 80 applications for the mix of four-, three- and two-bedroom homes to be built on Paul Hush Way off of Tubman Road.

“It’s obviously taken a long time to get this through engineering, permitting, get the road put in, get the site ready to actually build the homes,” said Vikki Goldsmith, the executive director of Habitat for Humanity Cape Cod. “[It’s] a celebration that we’ve reached this point.”

The event will also be an informational meeting for volunteers who may be interested in what opportunities will be available in construction and non-construction capacities, along with meeting key members of Habitat for Humanity.

Joanne Hush, the widow of Paul Hush, for whom the project is named, will attend and speak at the event.

“[She’ll] be able to say a few words about what this project would have meant for Paul, who was such a determined advocate for affordable housing on the Lower Cape and also for other basic human needs of local people,” Goldsmith said.

A four-home subdivision in Chatham, which Goldsmith described as “spectacularly beautiful” will be dedicated three days later on Main Street in Chatham behind the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance at 5 p.m.

“Again it’s an opportunity for the new homeowners to be able to say a few words to everyone who helped them out to bless the homes together and just celebrate the hard work of all the volunteers and contributors,” Goldsmith said.

The dedication ceremony also provides the public the only opportunity to tour the homes which will be purchased over the next couple of weeks.

Goldsmith said the lack of affordable housing in the region keeps Habitat volunteers busy.

“This gives people leading balanced lives, working hard, raising their kids an opportunity to stay in the community,” she said.

The organization just sold the sixth home in a new neighborhood built in West Yarmouth, and currently has other projects in the permitting phase, including one in Harwich.

“It’s very satisfying and exciting and it’s also very busy here at Habitat,” Goldsmith said.

By BRIAN MERCHANT, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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