Meet Our Newest Homebuyers!

FullSizeRender(8) Did you know this year we are celebrating our 30th birthday? We are marking the occasion by breaking ground on our first builds in the City of Ithaca. TCHFH is excited to work within the Ithaca community, and also to introduce two wonderful local families who will be partnering with TCHFH to construct and purchase the homes.

Soledad Exantus  is a single mom with two daughters. Her oldest is now a freshman at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, and her younger daughter is 14 years old and attends Ithaca High School. Soledad works two jobs: as a teacher’s assistant at Ithaca City School District and as a direct support professional at Franziska Racker Center. She has been working toward her dream of owning a home for years, having first applied to Habitat in 2013. Preferring to stay in the Ithaca City School District, Soledad was thrilled to hear that TCHFH would be building in the City of Ithaca for the first time. The family now lives in a one-bedroom basement apartment, where her younger daughter’s severe allergies are aggravated.  They cannot wait to partner with Habitat in building a healthy, affordable home where they will each have their own bedrooms!

The Maataoui family has been renting an apartment from Ithaca Neighborhood Housing FullSizeRender(9)Services for the past 6 years.  Mohamed has been employed by the Ithaca City School District as a bus driver for 8 years, and he and his wife Rachida are extremely motivated to become homeowners. Mohamed completed his homebuyer education course and began a matched savings program to save money for closing costs before he even applied to Habitat. The couple, along with their two children, age 8 and 5, are grateful for the opportunity to work toward purchasing their very own home.

If you, or your organization, are interested in getting involved as a volunteer or sponsor, please call 607-844-3529 or email You can also subscribe to Habitat’s weekly email newsletter here in order to get the latest information on events and volunteer opportunities.

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Women Build Trainings are BACK!

Ladies, let’s build!  Habitat for Humanity’s next set of *free* Women Build construction trainings start February 22nd 2017!

Join Habitat for Humanity at Lowes in Ithaca on 6:00 PM on the following Wednesdays to learn everything from power tool basics to plumbing:

February 22nd: Power Tool Basics and Construction Safety

March 8th: Sheetrock repair/mudding

March 22nd: Basic electricity

April 5th: Tiling/Grout

April 19th: Topic of participants choice or plumbing

May 3rd: Topic of participants choice or window installation/repair

We’re taking your requests for our April 19th and May 3rd trainings – let us know what you’d like to learn and we’ll help tackle your construction, home repair and tool challenge!

Habitat’s Women Build program welcomes all females to learn and practice construction skills in a welcoming, friendly, positive environment.  Our training sessions are hands-on and last approximately one hour, enough time to test the tools and ask lots of questions without taking up your entire evening.  Girls ages 14 and up are also welcome to join in!  We hope participants will put their skills to good use by volunteering on a Habitat job site, making a difference by helping us construct decent, affordable homes right here in our community.

Also, our Women Build Committee will be gathering immediately before each training session, at 5:00 PM, to discuss Women Build event planning, construction activities, fundraising and more.  If you’d like to get involved beyond the construction site, join us!  We’re always welcoming new committee members and you can commit to as much or as little involvement as you like.

Questions?  Contact Shannon at or call our office at (607) 844-3529
Mark your calendars – we’ll see you at Lowes!

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Our Partner Family Video!

Spoken through the voices of TCHFH partner families, this must-see video on YouTube describes the impact of Habitat for Humanity on real families.  It is informative, heart-warming and affirming!   Thank you to our partner families for sharing their stories!

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