Demolition work has begun on three burned out homes in the 400 block of Cumberland Street. It’s the first phase of the latest Lancaster Lebanon Habitat For Humanity rebuilding project — the largest project in the local organization’s history.
The three homes at 422, 424, and 428 Cumberland Street were heavily damaged by fires in 2016 and 2017, and since then have been an eyesore at the gateway to Lebanon on Cumberland Street.
According to Amy Balestier, Director for Communications for Habitat For Humanity, demolition work is being done by Tri-Valley Contractors, and is expected to be completed by late fall. At that time, Habitat volunteers will begin the rehabilitation process, creating three affordable, energy-efficient homes, while preserving their historic façade and charm.
Habitat purchased the properties earlier this year and funding for the project was bolstered by a $200,000 grant from the Lebanon County Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
The three families selected for ownership of the homes are participants in Habitat’s first-time home buyer program. In addition to the normal financial obligations of home ownership, the new owners are required to provide 250-400 hours of so-called “sweat equity” some time during the rebuilding project.
Most of the work done by Habitat for Humanity is done by volunteers (individuals, businesses, church groups) and is funded by donations to continue their mission.
If you would like to help with the renovation work or make a donation, visit the Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity website to watch a video and get more details.