Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland Promotes Ryan Carmichael to Oversee the Critical Home Repair Program

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland is excited to announce that Ryan Carmichael has been promoted to be the affiliate’s new Critical Home Repair Manager. In his new role he will supervise all construction-related responsibilities associated with the program including repairing roof leaks, stair repairs, structural work, and addressing accessibility issues. Ryan previously served as Habitat’s Construction Site Supervisor, working alongside the Construction Manager.

“We are so happy to have Ryan take on this new role, a position that is new for our affiliate, said Godfrey Wood, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland Executive Director. “He has worked with us for over five years and has been a valuable asset to our team. We know he’ll do great things for the Critical Home Repair program.”

The creation of this new position is made possible by a $90,000 grant from the Cumberland County Community Development Block Grant program. The Critical Home Repair program is also sponsored by Town and Country Federal Credit Union and Gorham Savings Bank.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland Receives $90,000 grant from the Cumberland County Community Development Block Grant Program
The grant will be used to fund the non-profit’s Critical Home Repair Program

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland is excited to announce the approval of a $90,000 grant from the Cumberland County Community Development Block Grant program. The funds will be used to expand Habitat’s Critical Home Repair service that helps low-income homeowners make needed repairs so they can live in a safe, healthy, and affordable home.

This expansion will include the hiring of a new employee to oversee the program. “We are so thankful to Cumberland county for providing us with this grant that will have a long-lasting impact on our community,” said Godfrey Wood, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland Executive Director. “This program is part of our mission to transform and strengthen communities. It not only addresses the health, safety and affordability of the individual residences in neighborhoods, it also strengthens connections within the community and helps preserve affordable housing stock.”

Habitat recently completed a Critical Home Repair job for a homeowner in Cumberland. She is a low-income senior with limited mobility and was unable to safely get in and out of her home without assistance. The Habitat team installed an accessibility ramp to her side door that allows her safe entry and exit to her home without risk of injury.

The Critical Home Repair program is also sponsored by Town and Country Federal Credit Union and Gorham Savings Bank.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland Receives Additional $7,500 Bank of America Grant
The grant is in addition to a $15,000 grant received in May, totaling $22,500

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland is being awarded a $7,500 grant from Bank of America, which is in addition to a major $15,000 grant received in May. The grant monies donated to Habitat by Bank of America in 2020 now total $22,500. The grant will be used to support the organization’s upcoming project in Freeport, Freeport Woods.

“Bank of America’s tradition of community giving and longstanding relationship with Habitat for Humanity continues to create a positive impact for our families, and our state as a whole,” said Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland Executive Director Godfrey Wood. “Without the steadfast and enduring support of organizations like Bank of America we would be unable to address so much of the need for affordable housing.”

Work will begin on the Freeport Woods project in late summer. The two new energy-efficient, single-family homes will feature 3-4-bedrooms. The homes will be located on the corner of Old Brunswick Road and Route 1.