Nearly 200 people attended the second annual Sussex County Habitat for Humanity HopeBuilder Breakfast on Nov. 13.

During the one-hour program held at Delaware Technical Community College, donors contributed over $57,000 and three gift-in-kind pledges. These donations will help the organization build and rehab homes for affordable homeownership, revitalize neighborhoods and provide financial literacy coaching to Sussex County families.

Madeleine Overturf, broadcast journalist at WRDE Coast TV, served as the morning’s master of ceremonies and Scott Lanham, president of Accessible Home Builders, was the keynote speaker. The event also highlighted 11 Sussex County Habitat Business Partners, organizations that volunteer, donate and advocate for local families in need.

“Without Habitat, our partner families would continue to live in unsafe or unhealthy conditions and homeownership would be out of reach.” said Kevin Gilmore, Sussex County Habitat’s executive director. “These future Habitat homeowners care for our veterans, build our houses, provide the food we eat, support our troubled youth, beautify our homes, care for our elderly, grow our food and cook in our restaurants. But it’s not just those who qualify

for Habitat that need affordable housing. There are many more. I’m often asked the question ‘what is affordable housing?’ Simply put, it is paying less than 30% of your income on housing costs. In Sussex County, 48% of our renters and 26% of homeowners pay more than 30%. When you spend this much on your housing costs, there is not enough to go towards your other needs.”

The money contributed at the breakfast will directly help Sussex County families through affordable home construction, home repairs, community projects and financial coaching. The breakfast also kicks off the Annual Fund Campaign for Sussex County Habitat for Humanity which will continue through June 2020.