- Associated Press - Sunday, May 29, 2016

MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - New Castle County’s Habitat for Humanity affiliate recently doubled down on its efforts in Middletown.

The nonprofit dedicated to providing affordable housing to low-income families opened a new ReStore location in the town on May 14 and then broke ground on five nearby homes.

ReStore sites are retail outlets that sell gently-used furniture and appliances donated by residents and the local business community. Merchandise is typically sold for 50- to 90-percent off retail prices with all proceeds used to help fund Habitat’s construction efforts.

The 15,000-square-foot Middletown ReStore in the Middletown Shopping Center off North Broad Street is the second retail location opened by Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County. The group opened its first ReStore near Newport Gap Pike and Delaware 2 (Kirkwood Highway) in Prices Corner in late 2013.

The new Middletown store will employ two full-time and one part-time staffers, who will be supported by a team of volunteers.

Habitat spokeswoman Ally Gawel said more than 150 customers visited the new store on its first day and spent more than $11,200.

Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Middletown ReStore, Habitat staff and guests attended a second event marking the start of construction of the nonprofit’s latest residential construction project in Middletown.

The Springlake project, which includes four new homes on Elizabeth Street and one on Jefferson Street, is slated for completion this fall. Once finished, the project will bring the total number of homes Habitat has built in in Middletown to 31 since 2000.

Prospective homeowners who receive assistance from Habitat qualify for no-interest loans in exchange for their commitment to spend 225 hours helping to build their homes, along with participation in financial counseling and other workshops.


Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., https://www.delawareonline.com

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