University gives $50,000 and ‘sweat equity’ to build Habitat for Humanity home in Princeton
Princeton University is contributing $50,000 to Habitat for Humanity toward construction of a new home in the town’s historic Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood near campus.
Kristin Appelget, the University’s director of community and regional affairs, announced the gift at a Habitat for Humanity reception held at Prospect House on campus Thursday evening, Oct. 11. President Christopher L. Eisgruber and other University officials and students also attended.
“We look forward to working with you to make the dream of home ownership possible for two families,” Appelget said. “Our students, faculty and staff are eager to be part of the ‘sweat equity’ that will ultimately make this dream a reality.”
The contribution will go toward construction of a duplex on Lytle Street. Construction is expected to start in late 2018.
Appelget noted the involvement that Princeton students, faculty and staff have had with Habitat for Humanity, from students volunteering to build homes in Mexico in 2004 to more recent projects in the Princeton-Trenton area.
“We are excited to build upon these many years of involvement,” Appelget said, congratulating the Habitat board for initiating the project and recognizing the organization’s staff for their work to make it possible. She also thanked Mayor Liz Lempert and town council colleagues for their work with Habitat to make the project in Princeton possible, and offered special thanks to Council Member Leticia Fraga for encouraging University support.