Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity is renovating a Jefferson Court home in Dover for a formerly homeless family.


Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity volunteers started renovations Sept. 18 at a house on Jefferson Court, which will become home to the Comstock family of Dover.

The Comstocks, who had been homeless three years ago, received assistance from The Shepherd’s Place for transitional housing and now are renting a house until their new home is completed.

The family consists of husband and wife Keith and Renai Comstock and their daughters, Ashley, Kyleigh and Hailee.

The family was selected into the Habitat program in January 2010 and since that time has been working on their sweat equity hours as part of their payment for the renovated home.

This is the first town home Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity will be completing. City of Dover health inspectors had condemned the building after it was infested with cats. The property was purchased from the city in November 2009 and was completely gutted, which provided a good starting point for Habitat, said Habitat Executive Director Jocelyn McBride.

McBride noted the home’s prior history, but said this is a new beginning for the building and for the Comstocks.

“The history of this house is irrelevant, because moving forward this house will be the Comstock house, another simple, decent affordable home. The Comstocks will be joining the Habitat family.”

City of Dover Mayor Carleton E. Carey Sr. said, “We are glad to be partnering with Habitat, and we look forward to having another Habitat family in the city of Dover.”

Through the assistance of volunteers, renovations include new doors and windows, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and new interior flooring, cabinets, trim, paint, and many other items.

Upon completion of all the renovations, it will be sold to the Comstocks with a 25-year, no interest mortgage. Renovations should be completed before the end of 2010.

Some of the funding for this home is through the city’s Community Development Block Grant and Kent County Association of Realtors. Some in-kind donors include United Electric, Eastern Shore Energy (Trane), Whirlpool, Schneider Electric and Valspar.

Information about volunteering to help renovate the home and to provide additional funding may be had by calling 698-1939 or emailing volunteer@centraldelawarehfh.com.