Rob­bins Foun­da­tion sup­ports Habi­tat Chop­tank

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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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

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.

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