April 22, 2010                                               

AMHERST, Mass. – AmherstCollege and the PioneerValley chapter of Habitat for Humanity will together celebrate the completion of a third home in Amherst with a day of events on Saturday, May 8. The activities will start at 10 a.m. at 14 Stanley St. (near the corner of Southeast and Stanley Streets), and will feature an open house, tours of the new home, discussions of the structure’s sustainable elements and a dedication ceremony at 2 p.m., among other things. The event is free and open to the public.

AmherstCollege donated a total of three acres of land to Habitat for Humanity for the construction of the three finished homes—24, 18 and 14 Stanley St—and one more yet-to-be-built house at

10 Stanley St
. Those selected to become Habitat homeowners must meet income and other guidelines. Construction of the third home began in the fall of 2009. Students from Amherst and HampshireColleges, UMass, and members of the Amherst community, among others, contributed their time and energy to the project.

PioneerValley Habitat for Humanity, the local chapter of the national group, serves the Hampshire and FranklinCounty area. Pioneer Valley Habitat is an ecumenical housing ministry dedicated to building homes in partnership with families in need and enabling the families to buy their houses through no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. More information is available at www.pioneervalleyhabitat.org.