BENEFITING: Morris Habitat for Humanity
Marco and Judy Tello began the journey towards homeownership and safe, decent and affordable housing in 1990. Their dream of homeownership was finally fulfilled and they officially became homeowners on December 18, 2012. Their home, a 100+ year old Morristown Victorian duplex, however, needed a few changes and, in 2014, the Tello’s worked with the Morris Habitat home repair program to repaint their front porch, get an energy audit through a Morris Habitat partner organization and a new fence in the backyard to keep neighboring dogs from being a danger to the family. During this time, Morris Habitat identified that their roof would need to be replaced. In December 2015, both homeowners of the duplex agreed to participate in the Habitat Home Repair program. Because of the height of the home, and the steepness of the roof, Morris Habitat worked to identify a partner roofing contractor to provide an affordable roofing option. George Keller and Sons Roofing Contractors provided an excellent price to reroof the duplex but the costs are quite high. The total cost of for the Tello’s roof project is $6,772.98. The other duplex owner will pay an equal amount for their half of the roof.
About our Home Repair Program:
The Morris Habitat for Humanity Home Repair Program helps lower income, Morris County residents continue to live in safe, decent and affordable homes by making improvements that enhance the health, safety and comfort of the home. We work in partnership with the family, local volunteers and Habitat staff to make these repairs. Homeowners are responsible for paying the cost of all materials and permits, as well as participating in the actual repair of their property. When a project encounters added costs, Morris Habitat works to help offset those added costs to help keep the home repair project as affordable as possible for the partner family. The Tello family, in partnership with Morris Habitat, can work to offset the cost of their roofing project from December 21, 2015 to January 21, 2016. They can raise a maximum of $4,000 for their project with any additional funds raised (above $4,000) going toward supporting the Morris Habitat Home Repair Program and other families like the Tello Family.