In a ceremony Saturday, July 9, Lancaster-Lebanon Habitat for Humanity dedicated the third of three homes rebuilt after fire left the structures gutted.
The three homes at 422, 424, and 428 Cumberland St. were heavily damaged by fires in 2016 and 2017, with only the facades left standing.
Volunteer and now-owner Jacques Ivery received the keys in a ceremony attended by Lebanon County Commissioners Jo Ellen Litz and Michael Kuhn, who presented Ivery – known as “Tweety” – with the keys to her new home.
The dedication concludes a years-long effort by Lancaster-Lebanon Habitat for Humanity to rebuild the three burned-out homes, the organization’s largest project in its history. In June, Habitat dedicated another of the homes.
Each of the new owners was required to provide hundreds of hours of so-called “sweat equity” to participate in the home’s rebuilding, as well as countless hours by other volunteers. Funding for the project included a $200,000 grant from the Lebanon County Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization in 70 countries that helps families own affordable housing and in turn build stable communities. Its Lancaster-Lebanon chapter is one of 1,100 local affiliates in the the United States.
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