Growing demand, rising housing costs challenge Fairfield’s Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County says it is trying to keep up with the demand for its growing number of applications.
News 12 Connecticut's Lauren Fabrizi stopped by a worksite for a two-family home on William Street in Bridgeport.
The home is just one of nearly a dozen the nonprofit is building this year. Kevin Moore, the group’s chief operating officer, says Habitat for Humanity relies on donations to keep up with the demand.
“The need is way greater. Especially with rising housing costs. Our applications for our program are growing,” he said.
The roof being installed on the Bridgeport home is thanks to materials and labor from GAF and DiGiorgi Roofing.
"We get as much donated material as possible because we're selling the homes with a 30-year interest-free mortgage to the homebuyer. That's what keeps our program affordable to our low-income homeowners,” said Moore.
Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County Chief Executive Officer Carolyn Vermont says it is all a team effort.
"It's just such a rewarding feeling to know that we can have these homes for families and create generational wealth,” she said.