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Recent Press Releases

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

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, 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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How Families Qualify

To be eligible to purchase a Habitat home, potential homeowners must meet three areas of qualification.

Ability to Pay

Habitat homes are not given away. They are sold to partner families with a zero-interest mortgage. Each family must demonstrate steady income.

Need for Decent, Affordable Housing

A family must be currently living in sub-standard housing. Habitat works each day to help families discover decent, affordable housing.

Willingness to Partner

A family must have the willingness to partner with Habitat by investing hundreds of hours of Sweat Equity in their home and the homes of other families.

How Communities Benefit

When the people of a community are strengthened, the whole community is improved.

Habitat Homeownership Creates Property Tax Payers

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.

Habitat Connects People Directly to Those They Are Helping

Every person who volunteers and donates is a key part of changing a family’s future. Partner families aren’t people who are in far away places. They’re folks who live and work in this community.

Partnering with Habitat Helps God's People to Put Their Faith to Work

As a Christian ministry, Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio offers people of all faiths the opportunity to live out a commitment to service and care for the most vulnerable in our communities.

Committed Home Buyers Improve the Homeownership Base

When a community has a high rate of homeownership, a beautiful cycle of investment begins. This commitment to a better community means that everyone enjoys a stronger and healthier neighborhood.

Invested Homeowners Overcome Urban and Rural Blight

When invested homeowners focus their attention on keeping their home and community in excellent condition, neighborhoods enjoy higher levels of safety, security, and pride of ownership.

Volunteering with Habitat Develops Team-Building Skills

There’s something special about serving together, and sharing an experience that is not only enjoyable, but makes a lasting impact for a family in need. Churches, businesses, organizations, and groups of all types and sizes can partner with us.


Every hand can make a difference with Habitat for Humanity. Whatever your skill set, stage of life, or passion, there is a place for you here.


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Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio

At Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio, we believe in a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

NON-PROSELYTIZING POLICY Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio is a Christian, faith-based non-profit. However, we will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith. Questions? Send us a message.

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