Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins & Cortland Counties is holding an open application period from January 15th – April 15th 2021. The selected homebuyer family would partner with Habitat and White Hawk Ecovillage Community, Inc in Danby to build a modest, efficient, and ecologically minded home in the White Hawk Community. The family will work alongside TCHFH’s staff and volunteers, including White Hawk members, to build their home.
OPEN HOUSES @ White Hawk: Join White Hawk on Sunday, February 28th at 10:00am for an Open House at White Hawk Ecovillage (White Hawk Lane) in Ithaca. Representatives from both Habitat and White Hawk will be available to answer your questions, offer tours of the property, etc. This is the perfect opportunity to learn if living at White Hawk is right for you! Please contact Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-844-3529 to RSVP for an Open House. All are welcome, whether you’re confident and ready to apply or simply curious and looking to know more about Habitat homeownership. There are additional Open Houses on Saturday March 13th at 10:00 am and Thursday, April 1st at 5:00 pm.
White Hawk Ecovillage in Danby, NY sits on 120 acres, collectively owned and stewarded by community members. Homes are individually owned on 99-year leased land lots situated around a common “center circle” recreational area. The village is slated for thirty homes, with eleven completed, three under construction, and more households in the pipeline. The village seeks to create a diverse, affordable, caring community integrating ecologically sound principles and community sufficiency. The Habitat-built home will remain permanently affordable housing for future buyers as well.
Funding for this project is being provided by the Community Housing Development Fund, a joint effort of Tompkins County, the City of Ithaca, and Cornell University that seeks to ensure permanent affordability in newly constructed or rehabilitated housing units.
Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a global, nonprofit housing organization working in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Habitat seeks to build strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with people and families in need of a decent and affordable home. Habitat homebuyers invest “Sweat Equity” hours by working alongside volunteers to build their own home or the homes of other Habitat families.
A household earning up to 60 percent of the area median income for its size (about $50,000 for a family of four) may be eligible for the program. Please see this link for full eligibility guidelines.