Sussex County Habitat for Humanity will dedicate two rehabilitated homes in Laurel’s Old Town

Neighborhood at 3 p.m. Feb. 21.

Both home rehabs were funded by the $500,000 Strong Neighborhoods Grant, awarded by the Delaware State Housing Authority to the Laurel Redevelopment Corp. working in partnership with the town of Laurel, Milford Housing Development Corporation, NCALL and Sussex County Habitat.

The grant is being used for affordable housing including construction of four new homes and purchase of six existing homes for rehabilitation. Housing projects are in the Old Town Neighborhood located in the oldest part of Laurel between Central Avenue to the east, Oak Street to the west, Broad Creek to the north and Market Street to the south. Habitat partner families who purchase the rehabilitated homes complete a required program that included pre-homeownership workshops, financial counseling, 200 hours of sweat equity working on the house projects as well as saving for down payments and closing costs.

Sussex Habitat’s work in Laurel’s Old Town is a commitment to neighborhood revitalization that unites residents, nonprofits, businesses, community churches and organizations and local governments to implement a shared vision of for fortifying neighborhoods in ways that are transformational. In Old Town, for example, rehabbing homes for resale, Sussex Habitat hosted two Rock the Block events that include neighborhoodwide clean-up dumpster days, home repairs and landscaping.