Robbins Foundation supports Habitat Choptank
CAMBRIDGE — A grant from The Pauline F. and W. David Robbins Charitable Foundation Trust will support the expansion of Habitat for Humanity Choptank’s home ownership program in Cambridge during 2016.
Habitat began building in Cambridge in 2005 when a group of concerned citizens began organizing around the issue of disproportionately high rental rates in the city. The first Habitat home in Cambridge was completed and sold in 2007. Through 2014, the construction schedule continued at a consistent pace of one home per year.
“In 2015 with more volunteers and additional funding, we were able to complete three homes in Cambridge,” said Nancy Andrew, executive director of Habitat Choptank.
The end result is three additional properties in the city now improved with new construction or rehabbed houses which are owned and occupied by income-qualifying buyers and that are producing increased property tax revenue. The investment from the Robbins Foundation will be leveraged with local contributions to fund at least three more homes in Cambridge for 2016.
Polly and Dave Robbins created the foundation through instructions in their wills and following Polly’s passing in 2011. Both natives of Dorchester County, they built their lifetime home on East Appleby Avenue in Cambridge.
“It turns out that the first of the three homes we have planned for this year is at 418 Shepherd Avenue, which is just around the corner from Mr. and Mrs. Robbins’ home,” Andrew said.
Since 1992, Habitat Choptank has empowered a total of 68 working households from Talbot and Dorchester counties to build a better future for themselves through home ownership. Each home buyer contributed 300 to 400 hours of sweat equity in the building of those houses and purchased their home with an affordable mortgage. For information about home ownership, to volunteer with Habitat Choptank or to make a donation, visit www.habitatchoptank.org or call 410-476-3204.
The Robbins Charitable Foundation has made a grant to support the growth of Habitat for Humanity Choptank’s home ownership program in Cambridge. Here, Emily Lynn, development officer for Habitat, Leonard N. Foxwell Sr., foundation trustee, and Nancy Andrew, executive director for Habitat, meet on the construction site for the home underway at 418 Shepherd Ave. in Cambridge.