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Thanks for making 2016 a great year!

This Christmas season please join me in celebrating with 30 Habitat homeowners in Greater Cincinnati that are gathering friends and family for the holidays in their Habitat homes for the first time! Not only do we celebrate each family but we also celebrate the impact that this ministry has had on the community in 2016. Decent, affordable shelter leads to strength, stability, and self-reliance for families and for the community.

  • We are currently constructing the 11th new home in the Village of Lockland under an agreement with the Village for Habitat to build 15 homes in 4 years. I invite you to drive by the intersection of Mulberry and Elm to see the transformation that has occurred in this neighborhood.
  • In October, Habitat teamed with the City of Newport, the Newport Housing Foundation, the Buena Vista Historic Foundation, and Huntington Bank to Rock the Block! More than 160 volunteers converged on a small area of Newport on October 29 to complete 5 exterior home repairs, fill 3 dumpsters with trash and debris, and work on a historic rehab for a future Habitat homebuyer. This is a great example of Habitat collaborating with other non-profits and reaching beyond the traditional Habitat program of building new houses. We hope to do even more of this in 2017!
  • Also in October, we announced a partnership with Community Learning Center Institute, Community Matters, and Oyler Learning Center to create affordable homeownership opportunities in Lower Price Hill. Habitat will rehab seven historic, single-family homes over the next 2-3 years which will increase the homeownership rate in Lower Price Hill by 13%!
  • The Bellevue ReStore opened for business on November 10 and is the fifth ReStore in the Greater Cincinnati region. ReStore has become a very important part of Habitat funding that we now depend on. Please keep ReStore in mind this holiday season as you need a new home for gently used appliances, furniture, and home goods.

Your volunteer hours, financial support, and prayer made 2016 a great Habitat year! But there is still much work to do. So, enjoy the holidays and rest up as we need to redouble our efforts to bring people together to build homes, community and hope in 2017.
I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Ed Lee
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati

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