LEXINGTON PARK, Md.—Patuxent Habitat for Humanity's (PHH) newest house in Prince Frederick will soon be one shovel closer to reality. PHH and the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will break ground for PHH's 18th home at 91 Mason Court on Tuesday, April 30 at 2:30 p.m.
PHH is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International that partners with the local community to provide decent affordable housing in St. Mary's and Calvert counties for families who would not otherwise be able to afford a home.
The lot for the home was donated to PHH by Kaine Homes as part of a group of three lots. The project is funded mainly through a $125,000 Community Development Block Grant awarded to the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners, as grantee on behalf of PHH, by the Maryland State Department of Housing and Community Development.
PHH partners with local volunteers, businesses, and churches to build homes which are then purchased by families using no-interest loans. The new occupants have not yet been selected. Once chosen, the family works alongside volunteers and a few professionals to invest up to 400 hours of "sweat equity." All PHH homeowners are required to contribute this equity of labor.