We are now
Passaic County Habitat for Humanity
Paterson Habitat for Humanity changed its name to Passaic County Habitat for Humanity on
January 1, 2023. This name more accurately reflects our existing work
and will support our strategic expansion to serve Passaic County as a whole. Read more.
“Our ability to build homes, community and hope has evolved beyond Paterson. The name change serves as a reflection of our organization’s growth and expansion,” said Scott Millard, Chief Executive Officer, of Passaic County Habitat for Humanity.
The change comes out of an extensive strategic planning process involving staff, a community of our supporters, and our Board of Directors, which led to the creation of our Fiscal Year 2021-2025 Strategic Plan, “40 & Beyond”. As we expand our footprint, we must acknowledge that the affordable housing crisis is crippling families across all of Passaic County. In Passaic County, 47.9% of renters are cost burdened paying 30% or more of their income on rent. The need for affordable places to call home is greater than it has been in a generation.
Paterson Habitat began in 1984 exclusively building homes for 36 years in the City of Paterson. To date, we have constructed 285 homes and served over 350 families in Paterson. While much of our home building has been confined to Paterson, our ReStore has been located in Wayne for the past 10 years, and over the past two years, building on previous collaborative development efforts in the City of Passaic, we embarked on our first solo development project outside of Paterson, the redevelopment of the Albert Lawson Memorial VFW Post, located at 135 Summer Street, Passaic, NJ. We are currently partnering with the City of Passaic on this mixed-use project providing a new home for the VFW Post# 10117, and providing four affordable homeownership opportunities.
We will leverage the experience and expertise we have developed over the past 38 years to bring our traditional volunteer-supported homebuilding efforts, and a new home preservation solution, to all of Passaic County while continuing our work in our hometown of Paterson.
“We have decided that 2023 is the right time for a brand refresh and for our name to more accurately reflect the communities we serve, as well as acknowledge our expanding work beyond the City of Paterson; bringing safe affordable housing to the whole of Passaic County,” said Scott.
Our commitment to bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope remains the same in Paterson and now reaches throughout Passaic County. Paterson is our history, our home, and a central part of our future. We look forward to partnering with all sixteen Passaic County municipalities to ensure ALL PEOPLE in our county have access to the transformational power of safe, stable, affordable housing.
With your support, we will serve more families than ever before in Paterson and beyond.