Town staff, officials team up for Bel Air's Habitat community build

"The House That Bel Air Built" has become more than just a clever catch phrase coined for Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna's latest project. It is representative of a town that has literally come together – elected officials, town staff, businesses and residents alike – to help a local family become homeowners.

On Friday, April 12, Kevin Small, director of planning for the Town of Bel Air, gathered a team of town employees to help build the latest Habitat home at 404 Giles St. Although Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna is celebrating its 20th year, this project is its first within the Town of Bel Air.

Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna relies on partnerships with municipalities, businesses, individuals and the community to carry out its mission to create homeownership opportunities by building, renovating and repairing homes.

Habitat has a rigorous screening process for selecting partner families to purchase new homes, which includes the need for a home and willingness to partner with Habitat, as well as certain income and residency requirements. Once Habitat raises all of the funds necessary to complete the Giles Street house, it will be sold to Bel Air residents Dale and Holly Crouse at an interest-free mortgage.

The Crouses have been waiting for years to move their family of nine from a small, two-bedroom apartment into an affordable house. Since breaking ground in February, they have worked side-by-side with countless volunteers, Bel Air businesses and sponsors to build the home they will very soon call their own.

"The House That Bel Air Built" is possible thanks to major sponsors, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Harford County Government, Harford Mutual Insurance and the Town of Bel Air.

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