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Organization Information


Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut (HFHECT) is a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit Christian housing organization. Vision, Mission and Mission Principles  The organization relies on citizen engagement and is open to people of all faiths or no faith, who together with a hammer and nails can overcome differences to build a stronger community. 

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Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut, Inc. (HFHECT) was established in 1987 as an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Since being established, HFHECT has completed 68 safe, decent and affordable homes.

Habitat for Humanity's work is accomplished at the community level by affiliates -- independent, locally run, nonprofit organizations. HFHECT coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area -- fund raising, building site selection, partner family selection and support, house construction and mortgage servicing.

Habitat for Humanity International's headquarters, located in Atlanta, Ga., USA, provides information, training and a variety of other support services to Habitat affiliates worldwide.

Mission and Goals

Mission: Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut, in the spirit of sharing, builds decent and affordable homes in partnership with families in need. We do this through the dedicated efforts of community volunteers, financial sponsors, and partner families who find rewarding experiences by sharing their time, talents, and resources. Our goal is to make a difference in the lives of others and to help eliminate poverty housing in Eastern Connecticut.

Habitat is a partnership dedicated to making decent, affordable housing a matter of conscience. We challenge individuals, churches, synagogues, businesses and other organizations to lend a helping hand to those in need of better housing. Building relationships and community is as important to us as building homes. Each project attempts to transcend the boundaries of culture, status and reach through the sharing of a common goal. Our mission is to engage the community in solving the need for decent shelter.

Current Program

Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, HFHECT builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner, "partner" families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable, no-interest loans. The homeowners' monthly mortgage payments become a modest annual income stream to build still more Habitat houses.

Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor called "sweat equity" into building their Habitat home and the homes of others. From the time of acceptance into the Habitat program through the first year of homeownership, partner families are matched with a volunteer from the Family Partnership Committee as a mentor to empower them and prepare them for the responsibilities and rewards of homeownership. Sweat equity also includes partner families’ participation in workshops as the basis for their pre-purchase and post-purchase counseling program. Financial literacy is a critical component of the pre-purchase counseling and successful homeownership.

Board of Directors

Thomas Hogsten - President

Nancy Banks - Vice President

Laurie Chipperfield - Secretary

Betsy Fiorillo - Treasurer

Richard Bennink

Charlie Cocores

Joann Hall

Sue Latourette

Kevin Lyden

Meggan Lynch

Nathan Medrek

Jennifer Miller

Luke Norena

Gary Sharpe

Ericka Winstead






Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut

377 Broad Street
New London Connecticut, 06320
Telephone: 860-442-7890
Fax: 860-701-1334