Habitat home second on Dover’s Queen Street in past year


DOVER –– Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity continued its mission to bring affordable housing to downtown Dover Wednesday afternoon with the raising of a wall for another home.

This home, the second on Queen Street in the past year will be the future residence of the nine-member Bowman family.

“We got married young, have seven children and now we’re going to be homeowners,” said Bowman matriarch, Myesha. “It’s such a blessing.”

Ms. Bowman and her husband, Demetrius, applied to become Habitat homeowners on Jan. 21 and were approved at the March board meeting.

“I really have to thank everyone,” Mr. Bowman said. “It’s just amazing.”

Local partnerships

Habitat makes housing affordable through partnerships with local businesses, materials either donated or purchased with donated funds and volunteer labor.

Habitat homeowners are required to contribute 250 volunteer hours to the construction of their home and in return get a 30-year interest-free mortgage.

The Bowmans will have good volunteer company during construction –– employees of Dover’s Merrill Lynch office.

Merrill Lynch, as a part of Bank of America, has worked with Habitat all over the country for 25 years and donated the property for the Bowman’s new home.

“We are always working on volunteer projects in the community,” said Scott Connell of the Dover Merrill Lynch office. “We’re here now, we’ll be here putting up drywall and painting and we’ll still be here in a few months when the time comes to hand the keys over.”

In all, Bank of America has donated $26 million to Habitat since the start of the partnership.

Ramped up efforts

Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1990 and until 2009 built an average of one house per year. They’ve ramped up efforts in recent years –– eight on schedule to be completed this year alone.

Each of the eight is within the Downtown Development District. The Bowman’s home is the only Habitat home on Queen Street; two are under construction on South Kirkwood and five are set to be built on North New Street.

The Bowmans and their children ranging in age from two to 15 are expected to move into their new 2,300 square-foot, six-bedroom home in about four months.

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