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Recent Press Releases

Habitat for Humanity and Stark County Health Department partner to improve shared community space in SE Canton

Canton, Ohio, September 10, 2019 – On September 14, Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio will make improvements to a shared community space in SE Canton, a space utilized by Lighthouse Ministries and First Mennonite Church to serve local youth. Through a partnership with the Stark County Health Department, Habitat will install permanent outdoor musical equipment and new basketball hoops to encourage active outdoor living in the community. READ MORE

Habitat for Humanity partners with City of Canton to offer free home maintenance training to all City residents

Canton, Ohio, August 7, 2019 – Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio invites residents from the City of Canton to participate in their award-winning Home Maintenance Education (H.O.M.E.) classes—hands-on educational courses that teach basic, yet vital, home maintenance skills. Through a grant from the City of Canton, this one-day course is free for all City of Canton residents. READ MORE

NewPointe Community Church and Habitat for Humanity partner to build homes in Canton, Dennison, Wooster

Canton, Ohio, June 13, 2019 – NewPointe has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build three homes—in Canton, Dennison, and Wooster—with local families who need decent, affordable housing. The multi-county effort brings together Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio, Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County, and the five campuses of NewPointe Community Church. READ MORE

Habitat for Humanity gathers community partners to beautify an entire neighborhood

Canton, Ohio, May 10, 2019 – Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio will partner with the City of Canton, staff and students from Early College Academy (ECA) at Crenshaw, and the Harrisburg Royal Neighborhood Association to clean and beautify an entire neighborhood. On Friday, May 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., neighborhood beautification efforts will target the northeast Canton community between 25th St. NE and 16th St. NE to the north and south, and Royal Ave. NE and Harrisburg Rd. NE from east to west. READ MORE

Partnership between Habitat for Humanity and City of Canton earns national community development award

Canton, Ohio, January 8, 2019 – The City of Canton Development Department has been recognized with the Audrey Nelson Community Development Award of Merit for a collaborative partnership with Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio. Through this partnership, homeowners within the City of Canton completed Habitat’s Homeowner Maintenance Education (HOME) course—hands-on educational training that teaches basic, yet vital, home maintenance skills. READ MORE

Habitat for Humanity brings interfaith organizations together to build and dedicate new home

Canton, Ohio, October 19, 2018 – Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio will celebrate the completion of its 2018 Interfaith Build during a special home dedication ceremony on November 10 at 2pm. The ceremony will take place at the newly constructed house at 3125 Cliftmont Ave NE, Canton, the future home of Jillian Dodd. Four faith organizations joined together to sponsor and build the home: Islamic Society of Northeast Ohio, Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Temple Israel of Canton, and Trinity United Church of Christ. READ MORE

Habitat for Humanity offers free home maintenance training to City of Canton homeowners

Canton, Ohio, September 21, 2018 – Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio invites homeowners from the City of Canton to participate in their award-winning Homeowner Maintenance Education (H.O.M.E.) classes — hands-on educational courses that teach basic, yet vital, home maintenance skills. Through a grant from the City of Canton, this one-day course is free for Canton homeowners. READ MORE

Habitat for Humanity to dedicate homes, celebrate progress of $3.5 million NE Canton project

Canton, Ohio, July 3, 2018 – Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio will soon dedicate two homes and share progress from the organization’s comprehensive neighborhood revitalization efforts. The homes that will be dedicated are part of The Renewal Project, Habitat’s four-year, $3.5 million holistic neighborhood revitalization program in NE Canton. The dedication ceremony will be held on Thursday, July 12, at 5:30pm, at 2026 Indiana Way NE, Canton, one of the homes being dedicated. READ MORE

Lake Board of Education makes community impact through Habitat for Humanity deconstruction

Canton, Ohio, February 22, 2018 – A team of volunteers from Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio has completed a “deconstruction” project at 488 Market Ave N, Uniontown, as a part of Lake Local Schools’ efforts to improve and expand its facilities. The Lake Board of Education invited Habitat to remove and repurpose usable materials such as cabinets, doors, and windows from the property which is scheduled for demolition. READ MORE

Habitat for Humanity continues NE Canton renewal with neighborhood enhancement

Canton, Ohio, September 19, 2017 – Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio is completing a new neighborhood enhancement at the corner of Edwards Avenue NE and 19th Street NE on Saturday, September 23. Canton Mayor Thomas M. Bernabei and members of Rotary Club of Canton will volunteer to apply the project’s finishing touches from 8:30am to 12pm. READ MORE

Habitat for Humanity to host dedication ceremony at revitalized historic Dennison home

Canton, Ohio, June 21, 2017 – Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio will welcome a new family to the Dennison community during a home dedication ceremony on Friday, June 30, at 5pm. The ceremony will be held at 23 S. 3rd Street, Dennison, the site of an historic home newly revitalized by Habitat and the future home of Randa Fair and her children, Jaimie (14) and Lucas (9). READ MORE

Habitat for Humanity to raise walls of 500th house during milestone ceremony

Canton, Ohio, June 7, 2017 – Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio is marking a milestone with an historic wall-raising ceremony as the local nonprofit builds its 500th house. The ceremony will be held onsite at 1810 Edwards Ave NE, Canton, on Saturday, June 17, from 11am to 12pm. In addition to raising the walls, Habitat will celebrate with live music, a brief presentation, refreshments, and the opportunity for the public to write prayers and messages on the home’s wooden studs. READ MORE

Recent Headlines

Registration open for the 13th annual Run for Home

The Bargain Hunter, August 20, 2019: Registration for the 13th annual Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital Run for Home on April 4 and 5 is now open. The 2020 Run for Home will be held on the streets of Dover and New Philadelphia and will feature a new race schedule. The Run for Home is two days of running and walking events designed to promote community fitness and generate funds for Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio. READ THE ARTICLE

Canton Residents Eligible for Free Home Repair Training

News-Talk 1480 WHBC, August 13, 2019: Habitat for Humanity and the City of Canton are partnering to offer Free Home repair training to area residents. Kevin Miller, our Director of Marketing  for the East Central Ohio region spoke on the Gary Rivers Show Tuesday morning abut their award-winning Home Maintenance Education (H.O.M.E.) classes—hands-on educational courses that teach basic, yet vital, home maintenance skills. Through a grant from the City of Canton, this one-day course is free for all City of Canton residents. READ THE ARTICLE

Editorial: Cheers and Jeers — Aug. 12

The Canton Repository, August 12, 2019: Cheers … to Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio, for offering free home-maintenance classes to Canton homeowners in partnership with city. It’s a stellar example of a public-private collaboration that has the potential to yield lasting benefits for the entire community. READ THE ARTICLE

Habitat for Humanity making progress on new homes for two families in Dennison

The Times Reporter, July 24, 2019: Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio has recently made major progress on new homes for two families. Latoya Lyles officially closed on her home at 110 S. Sixth St. on Friday. Rick Dingman raised the walls of his house at 303 N. Fifth St. on July 13 with the help of NewPointe Community Church. READ THE ARTICLE

Spotlight on Best Practices: Neighborhood Revitalization—City of Canton, Ohio

Ohio Conference of Community Development, June 30, 2019: In 2016, Habitat launched, for the first time, a holistic neighborhood revitalization project called The Renewal Project… The project is in its third year and has already shown that a holistic approach to revitalization results in improved quality of life for famiies, increased safety and livability, peace of mind for elderly residents, and stable home environments for children to learn and grow. READ THE ARTICLE

Local church to assist Habitat for Humanity

The Bargain Hunter, June 30, 2019: NewPointe Community Church has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build three homes — in Canton, Dennison and Wooster — with local families who need decent, affordable housing. The multi-county effort brings together Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio, Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County and the five campuses of NewPointe Community Church. READ THE ARTICLE

NewPointe Community Church and Habitat for Humanity partner to build homes in Dennison, Canton, Wooster

The Times Reporter, June 18, 2019: Living out their faith-theme of being for people, for community, and for the world, NewPointe has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build three homes — in Canton, Dennison, and Wooster — with local families who need decent, affordable housing. READ THE ARTICLE

Sisters of Charity announces grant recipients

The Canton Repository, June 5, 2019: Grants for responsive efforts, to respond to specific or short-term community needs, totaling $489,897 were distributed to the following: … Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio – $200,000 to support the Southeast Renewal Project, over five years. READ THE ARTICLE

Run for Home donation funds new Habitat house in Dennison

The Times Reporter, May 18, 2019: “When Latoya and Jamar Lyles move into their new one-story home sometime this fall, it will be good for their family, but especially great for their daughter Nakiah, who is handicapped. Nakiah has a broken leg and has to be carried everywhere in their two-story rental home. “In this, she’ll be able to be in her chair and she’ll be mobile and be independent like she loves,” her mother said. The Lyles family is purchasing the latest house being built in Tuscarawas County by Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio.” READ THE ARTICLE

Habitat for Humanity, city, school partner to clean up northeast Canton

The Canton Repository, May 17, 2019: “Northeast Canton neighborhoods got cleaned up on Friday, thanks to a partnership among the city of Canton, Early College Academy at Crenshaw, Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio and the Harrisburg Royal Neighborhood Association.” READ THE ARTICLE

Jackson students make a difference, raise funds

The Canton Repository, May 10, 2019: Eighth-graders at Jackson Memorial Middle School spent the school year learning about local nonprofits and how they could help them… Students were introduced to the nonprofit groups such as Habitat for Humanity, Jackson Township Lions Club, Wags for Warriors and Stark County Hunger Task Force.” READ THE ARTICLE

Minerva United Methodist to host talent show

The Canton Repository, April 24, 2019: Minerva United Methodist Church, 735 Lynnwood Drive, will host a Talent Night at 7 p.m. Sunday to benefit East Central Ohio Habitat for Humanity and Hannah’s House 119.” READ THE ARTICLE

More than 600 people participate in this year’s Run for Home

WJER, April 7, 2019: “It seemed like everybody who participated had a good time,” said race director Matt Ritzert. “Everything went well, and we’re pleased with that.” Runners participated in a half-marathon road race, team-relay race, five-mile walk, 10K race, one-mile fun run and kids’ run to benefit Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio. During the past 11 years, the Run for Home has raised $209,000 to help Habitat provide affordable housing in Tuscarawas County.” READ THE ARTICLE

Older Headlines

Runners on their mark for this weekend's Run for Home races

WJER, April 5, 2019: All proceeds from the weekend benefit Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio. “The 12th annual Run for Home races and fitness festival are happening again out of Tuscora Park. Race Director Matt Ritzert says Saturday will include the 10k race, a one-mile fun run and the kids run. Sunday at 11 will be the half-marathon, team relay and five-mile walk. There will also be a health and wellness fair from 8 am to 1 pm with about a dozen vendors.” READ THE ARTICLE

Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital Run for Home recruiting volunteers

The Times Reporter, March 9, 2019: All proceeds from the weekend benefit Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio. “Great volunteers make the weekend a special event for all our participants,” said volunteer coordinator Brittany Cochenour. “We need the help of nearly 200 people throughout the weekend to make sure everything runs smoothly and it’s a positive experience for all the runners and walkers who participate.” READ THE ARTICLE

Canton, Habitat for Humanity partnership nationally recognized

The Canton Repository, January 8, 2019: The city’s Community Development Department has been nationally recognized for a partnership with Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio. The National Community Development Association gave the department the Audrey Nelson Community Development Award of Merit, according to a Tuesday news release from the city and Habitat. The award was for “exemplary uses of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to address the needs of families, homes and neighborhoods.” READ THE ARTICLE

Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital Run for Home registration to open

The Times Reporter, October 18, 2018: Registration for the 12th annual Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital Run for Home will open Oct. 20 with a one-day early registration discount special. The event is designed to promote community fitness and generate funds for Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio. READ THE ARTICLE

Canton homeowners invited to maintenance course

The Canton Repository, September 25, 2018: Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio invites homeowners from the city to participate in its Homeowner Maintenance Education (H.O.M.E.) classes. The hands-on educational courses cover basic but vital home-maintenance skills. Through a grant from the city of Canton, the one-day course is free for Canton homeowners. READ THE ARTICLE

Habitat for Humanity fills vital role in communities across U.S.

The Canton Repository, August 28, 2018: The continuity of stable housing brings with it all kinds of financial gains and societal benefits, for the adult homeowners and especially for children, who typically flourish when the stress and fear of being uprooted or displaced from rental housing is eliminated. Locally, the East Central Ohio chapter has been accomplishing this same mission in our community for 30 years, serving well over 2,200 individuals. READ THE ARTICLE

Habitat's efforts paying off in northeast Canton

The Canton Repository, July 26, 2018: The local Habitat for Humanity is spending $3.5 million to carry out The Renewal Project… So far, the project has accounted for nine new houses, two rehabilitated houses, 15 critical repairs, five minor repairs and three demolitions. The homeowners receive no-interest loans from Habitat for Humanity. READ THE ARTICLE

City income tax collections rise

The Herald Star, May 30, 2018: During a regular session on Tuesday, Councilwoman at large Kimberly Hahn updated council on a visit she and five other people made to Habitat to Humanity’s regional offices in Canton last Thursday. She said the organization is interested in coming to the city for its housing renovation program. People who want houses commit to working on other Habitat homes and receive help on their own home, while studying home budgeting and financing, household repairs, landscaping and more. READ THE ARTICLE

Reinvigorating neighborhoods eyed

The Herald Star, May 5, 2018: “We have 1,000 vacant homes in Steubenville and we have 300 in my neighborhood,” said Hahn, who lives on LaBelle View. “We know you can’t do it all, but if this partnership could develop, if we could work on streets where there is some progress being made, we could build on it,” she said. READ THE ARTICLE

Habitat For Humanity fills a need

The Herald Star, May 2, 2018: Barilla said, “I think this is just a fantastic opportunity to showcase what young people can do, what any family can do to improve themselves by taking advantage of Habitat for Humanity. I’m excited for this young couple. This is a dream of America, to be able to grow up and have a job and have your own home to provide for your children to provide for their future.” READ THE ARTICLE

Run for Home raises $15K for Habitat for Humanity

The Times Reporter, April 30, 2018: The $15,000 contribution includes more than 50 donations that participants contributed directly to Habitat when they registered for the Run for Home. In 11 years, the Union Hospital Run for Home has now raised $209,000 to Habitat for Humanity. READ THE ARTICLE

Lake Local Schools partners with Habitat for Humanity on deconstruction project

North Neighbor News, April 5, 2018: “We are so grateful for this opportunity to partner with Habitat for Humanity. Any chance we get to work with a local organization that serves others like Habitat, helps us live out Lake’s mission and values of serving our community. This project is really a win all around.” READ THE ARTICLE

Run for Home Fitness Festival kicks off this weekend at Tuscora Park

The Budget, April 5, 2018: Each spring for the last decade, runners of all ages have come together at New Philadelphia’s Tuscora Park to put their endurance to the test while supporting the local Habitat for Humanity chapter’s efforts to help hardworking families in Tuscarawas County achieve strength, stability and independence through home ownership. READ THE ARTICLE

Habitat for Humanity seeking properties in Tuscarawas County

The Budget, March 14, 2018: Brown noted that one of the most common misconceptions about the organization is that it gives houses away to poor people for free, however, that is not the case. Instead, families are given an opportunity to purchase a home with a zero-interest mortgage and low monthly payments provided that they meet certain criteria and program requirements. READ THE ARTICLE

What Erie can learn from how Canton changed its approach to blight

GoErie.com, November 12, 2017: For example, Habitat for Humanity of East Central Ohio is investing $3.5 million in a neighborhood that the comprehensive plan does not address. Thirty homes are being torn down, 20 new homes are being built and 230 homes are being repaired. READ THE ARTICLE

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Families who partner with Habitat for Humanity are active, invested families who care deeply for the communities they are a part of. As families settle in to their new homes and become a part of the tax base, the whole community is strengthened.

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