Aberdeen Gains Home Via Habitat For Humanity

Harford Technical High School students created the home being moved to Edmund Street in Aberdeen on Thursday.

Harford Tech alum Kimberly Johnson can thank the current students at her alma mater for her new home.

Johnson and her three children will soon move into a new house at 618 Edmund Street in . On Thursday, the modular home—built by students in the construction department at —will be transported from Bel Air to its permanent location.

The home was built by students through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna

"I feel so thankful that there is a program like this, and sponsors willing to step up and help families like mine to achieve our dreams of homeownership," Johnson said in a statement from Habitat for Humanity. "I know there are many companies, individuals and communities that work with Habitat, and I appreciate them all."

Johnson and her children will move into the home in late June.

A flatbed truck will deliver the 966 square-foot house in two sections on Thursday morning. The house earned an Energy Star certification thanks to green features, according to the press release from Habitat for Humanity.

The home will have low-flow plumbing, green fiber insulation and Energy Star appliances and lighting.

Partners on the project included Bank of America, Battelle and the Maryland Energy Administration.

Leslie Schildgen May 17, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Who is paying the taxes on this place when the recipient doesn't
Deb Ciresi May 17, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Leslie, I’m glad you are concerned about payment of property taxes as that is important to the health of every community. But just in case you are not aware of how our program works, these are not free houses. Each of our Habitat homeowners has passed a stringent underwriting process and once approved assumes a mortgage. Their property taxes and homeowner insurance costs are escrowed, just like yours and mine, and paid to the County and City by the mortgage servicer. We are proud that since our inception in 1993, we have not had a family default on their mortgage. We work hard to provide them with the tools to be successful homeowners and productive members of their community, including required financial education classes. One other benefit of our program is that in many cases, the properties where we build were delinquent in taxes or were paying lowere taxes on an undeveloped lot prior to our involvement, so the tax base is being positively affected once our Habitat family becomes the homeowner. We are very proud of our program and our homeowner families and I’d be more than happy to share more information with you or anyone who would like to know more about our program. I can be reached at 410-638-4434. Deb Ciresi, Operations Manager, Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna.
Leslie Schildgen May 17, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Leslie Schildgen May 17, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Sounds like a welfare program to me. People who need financial classes on how to pay a mortgage and be responsible should not be granted a mortgage. People like me who have an 840 credit score, worked at the same place for 16 years have trouble getting a mortgage that deserve it. Once we do, we don't want single welfare people with three kids living next door or even on our block. That's why we have rental properties in America. Not everyone deserves a mortgage. Fannie and Freddie destroyed the economy putting unresponsible people in homes with mortgages. Once this person does not pay taxes on this new home , then what do you do... give it to HUD like all the other mortgage catastrophees?
Rosie May 18, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Where is the father in all this? personally i would rather help Military families - they live below the proverty line and fight for our freedom. What happen to the skills that this recipient learned at HT. I know things are tough out there and I'm all about helping those who help themselves. What happen to working more than one job. I can say these things because I was a single working mom of 2 children and I worked two jobs and paid my mortage with no help from the state and no child support, for that matter anyone else. Whatever happen to good old fashion working for what you want out of life. I guess those days are over. I hope this home went to a deserving family.


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