Brattleboro Area Habitat for Humanity (“BAHFH”) is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, which has more than 1,700 affiliates worldwide in 100 countries. We have a local board of directors that oversees our activities. We build homes for people who desperately need decent housing and could not otherwise afford it.
Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, BAHFH builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families, who invest their own labor – “sweat equity” – into building their Habitat house and houses for others. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and are financed with affordable, no-interest loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build our next house. We have built seven houses to date, with work on house number eight in progress.
Brattleboro Area Habitat for Humanity (“BAHFH”) is a nonprofit, ecumenical organization that seeks to eliminate sub-standard housing and homelessness and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. We invite people from all walks of life to work together in partnership to help build houses with families in need.
Family Energy Fair
In response to widespread and urgent local need for education and information on energy efficiency in buildings, the Brattleboro Area chapter of Habitat for Humanity held Brattleboro’s first Family Energy Fair on Saturday, October 4, 2008 at Integrated Solar Applications.
The Family Energy Fair included a blend of exhibits, activities for children, food, music and dance, a silent auction, and three one-hour educational sessions:
- Home Energy Audits & Effective Home Improvements (Keith Abbott, Thermal House)
- Got Mold? Energy Efficiency and Moisture Management (Peter Yost, BuildingGreen)
- Practical Renewable Energy Systems (Andy Cay, Integrated Solar)
Help Us Build House No. 8
We are now beginning to work on our eighth house. This home, the frame of which is from a 1940s house donated to us by Entergy Vermont Yankee, will be reconstructed in our factory in the old Book Press building this summer and fall. It will then be moved to a site on Quarry Road in Dummerston that the Nature Conservancy is donating to us. It will incorporate the technology necessary to make it a Net Zero Energy Home. Preliminary plans include solar thermal heating and solar photovoltaic electric production. We are excited about this home, because it will make us a model for other Habitat chapters and businesses all over the country.
We can’t build this home without your help. We need to raise $60,000 to make this home a reality.
Address: BAHFH, PO Box 114, Brattleboro, VT 05302