About Us

About

Our Mission

Putting Faith into action, Habitat for Humanity of Burlington County and Greater Trenton-Princeton partners with families in need and volunteers to transform lives through decent and affordable housing.

Vision

To empower families by securing their own homes, transform neighborhoods, improve the quality of life within the communities we serve and positively affect the lives of partner families, volunteers and others that come into contact with Habitat.Habitat for Humanity of Burlington County and Greater Trenton-Princeton serves thousands of people each year with the opportunities to volunteer and give back to their community, as well as hundred of individuals, and families who now have a place to call home.  Over the past 30 years, HFHBCGTP has built over 140 homes in the Burlington and Mercer counties.

History

Habitat for Humanity of Burlington County and Greater Trenton-Princeton is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Habitat operates through local affiliates so that all functions can have maximum relevance to individual communities. Habitat for Humanity internationals movement began in Americus, GA in 1976 with Millard and Linda Fuller. They founded Habitat with the conviction that every person deserves a decent place to live. They believed that communities can come together to make this possible for their neighbors in need.

Stronger Together

Habitat for Humanity of Burlington County and Habitat for Humanity of Trenton have merged together effective January 1, 2017.  The new affiliate is now known as Habitat for Humanity of Burlington County and Greater Trenton-Princeton (HFHBCTP).  After months of discussions, preparation, and the approval of their respective boards in December, the two affiliates decided to join forces to continue to work towards the same mission of bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

In 1986 (Trenton) and 1987 (Burlington) the two affiliates were founded independently.   Over the past 30 years they have collectively built 141 homes throughout the Burlington and Mercer area, serving 49 cities and a population of over 750,000.

The merger allows the affiliate to streamline operations and consolidate overhead expenses by pooling their resources, boards and expertise. Habitat for Humanity of Burlington County and Greater Trenton- Princeton will pursue mobilizing volunteers and community partners to provide affordable housing and promote homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.

Over the next couple of months, staff and volunteers will continue to serve their respective communities, but will now do so as one merged organization.

Non-Proselytizing Policy

Habitat for Humanity Burlington County will not proselytize, nor will Habitat for Humanity work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with Habitat for Humanity.

Why Homeownership Matters

In addition to the financial advantages of owning a home, there are many social benefits of owning a home as well. Homeownership gives family stability, creates lower high school dropout rates, and of course gives the opportunity to create meaningful and lasting relationships.

The Housing Need in Burlington and Mercer Counties

According to a report titled “Out of Reach” published by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, the estimated rent on a typical two-bedroom apartment in Burlington County is $1,211 per month and $1,364 in Mercer County. This means that a worker would need to work 117 hours at minimum wage to afford a two-bedroom apartment at market value.

What We Build

At Habitat, We Build Hope, Homes and Communities

All Habitat Homes are Built Following Three Principles:

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Simple: Habitat homes are modestly-sized. They are large enough for the homeowner family’s needs but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum.

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Decent: Habitat for Humanity uses quality, locally-available building materials. Habitat house designs reflect the local climate and culture.

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Affordable: The labor of volunteers and partner families, efficient building methods, modest house sizes and no-profit loans make it affordable for low-income families to purchase Habitat houses.

Our Hope

Habitat sells homes to low-income families and offer 0% interest loans with no down payment required. Habitat homeowners make monthly mortgage payments that don’t exceed 30% of their gross monthly income.

Habitat homeowners work hard to create a permanent solution to their housing struggles. Each Habitat partner family must complete 250 to 400 hours of “sweat equity” to build their home and the homes of other Habitat families, work in our ReStores, and attend Home Buyer Education classes, meetings, and special events. Sweat equity can be done during the week, in the evenings and on the weekends.

Habitat does not give away houses. We sell them to hard-working families who partner with us. Qualified families must show that they have a Need for Housing, are Willing to Partner with Habitat for Humanity and are Able to Pay for a Habitat mortgage.

Our Homes

Habitat for Humanity of Burlington County and Greater Trenton- Princeton is dedicated to building decent and affordable homes. Habitat of Burlington County and Greater Trenton-Princeton homes vary in style and type. Our architects carefully design each home to be aesthetically pleasing and energy efficient. We build single-family homes and duplexes across Burlington County. In addition to new construction, we renovate existing houses in local communities for families in need.

Our Communities

Habitat homes could not be built without the generous financial and in-kind contributions donated from a variety of sources within the community. The financial support received in Habitat BCGTP is invested directly back into the counties. Since our inception we have built 140 homes and placed over 140 families in well deserving homes. Our mission is to eliminate substandard housing from Burlington and Mercer Counties.

Our Homeowners

Our Homeowners are made of hard working, dedicated people who want to achieve more in life.
Meet three of our homeowners
"This is yours."
Brandon

Brandon is a college graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree. He is currently a full-time employee and a full-time father to his 6-year old son. With the “hand up” assistance of Habitat, Brandon’s son is finally be able to walk into his own room and play in his own backyard since the family purchased and moved into their Habitat home in Mount Laurel in 2012. Brandon has mentioned numerous times that, what excites him the most about buying a house through Habitat for Humanity, is that he is able to walk his son to his new room and finally be able to tell him, “this is yours.”

"Please Help."
Joanne and Joel

Joanne and Joel applied to Habitat in May of 2011. At the time, they were living in a 3-bedroom apartment with their two children, Joanne’s mother, and Joanne’s grandmother. The apartment was also in a state of disrepair. Joanne wrote on her application, “the roof where we enter our residency is breaking down and I am scared that one day it might fall on one of us. Please help.” Joanne and Joel needed a “hand up.” After completing over 400 hours of sweat equity, they purchased their first home through Habitat’s Affordable Homeownership Program in early 2013.

"A real home."
Sharon

“This is my only hope… to have a real home for my family.” This was written on Sharon’s initial application to Habitat’s Affordable Homeownership Program. At the time, Sharon was employed full-time and living in a 2-bedroom apartment that she shared with her daughter. Due to the tight quarters and tight budget, her son lived with a relative in a separate home, apart from his mother. Sharon was able to bring her family together again when she purchased a Habitat house in Burlington Township in 2012.

Our Leadership

Habitat for Humanity of Burlington County and Greater Trenton-Princeton  has a dedicated team of staff members focused on serving hardworking families in our community. Feel free to reach out to them for answers or support in being apart of the program.  Call 856-439-6717 and use the appropriate extension. Emails are linked to each team members name!

Lori Leonard

Chief Executive Officer

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Volunteer

Volunteer Coordinator

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John Garton

Chief Financial Officer

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Ashley Griffiths

Director of Family & Volunteer Services

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Elliot Rosario

ReStore Director

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Taquana Wright

Homeownership Coordinator

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Annie Fox

Resource Development Director

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Our Boardmembers

President
Mike Sherman
President, Vanguard Building Solutions LLC
Vice President
Peter Frattarelli
Attorney, Archer & Greiner
Treasurer
Keith Spirgel
Chief Operating Officer, Urban Outfitters
Secretary
Sharon Warkala
Manager Facilities Procurement Officer, Princeton University
Peter Frattarelli
Attorney, Archer Greiner
Steve Warrington
Relationship Manager, Oak Mortgage Company
Patricia Day
Oracle Corporation
Tahir Qazi
CEO, iQuasar

Eric Bonnette
Vice President, Wealth Management Financial Advisor Bonnette Ross Group- Merrill Lynch
Paul Kiss
Principal, OSK Design Partners
Jeff Dubrow
Owner, Duco Corporation Land Development & Custom
Nancy Bordick
President and CEO, Impact Human Capital
Keith German
Community Reinvestment Officer, Fulton Bank of NJ
Chris Warkala
Manager of Houses & Apartments, Princeton University
Monica Walsh
Executive Vice President, Vantage Real Estate Services
Thank you to our sponsors!
Habitat for Humanity of Burlington County and Greater Trenton-Princeton offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to make the dream of affordable homeownership possible and we are seeking interested and eligible homebuyers for our Affordable Homeownership Program.
Main Office
530 Route 38 East
Maple Shade, NJ 08052
(856) 439 - 6717
Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:00pm
ReStore
530 Route 38 East
Maple Shade, NJ 08052
Sunday - Friday, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday, 9:00am - 6:00pm
Satellite Office
120 John Street
Princeton, NJ 08542
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