On August 8, 2013, Jason Cohen Pittsburgh worked together, alongside Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh, on rehabbing a home in the Sharpsburg area of town for a family of 7, from Burundi, who had been recently displaced by war.
The home, built in the early 1900s, was sold to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh at a very low cost from a Sharpsburg police officer. It was purchased specifically for this family in need and offers 5 bedrooms in order to accommodate everyone in the family. The majority of the renovations consisted of minor demolition, updating electricity and plumbing, and bringing things up to code.
This project is being funded by the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh and various church groups within the Diocese have raised money for the renovations to this home. The Archbishop blessed the home as well. The Fox Chapel School District also holds fundraisers throughout the year, with proceeds benefitting Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh, and for this particular home.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh was established in Pittsburgh in 1986, and their belief is that “all God’s people deserve a simple, decent place to live.” It is through this belief that they have been able to help 73 low-income families with affordable housing. In order to qualify for housing through Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh, a family must first meet certain income criteria, and fill out an application and necessary paperwork. Next, a committee must accept or deny the application.
If accepted, family members begin earning “Sweat Equity” by working 350 hours of labor at house construction sites. After 50 hours of working on another family’s house or at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh’s ReStore, which sells reusable donated house building and home improvement materials to the public, a site is chosen for their home. Next, an army of enthusiastic volunteers works side-by-side with the family to build the house, which will become their home. This construction experience helps families learn to maintain their new home and fosters a sense of pride, accomplishment, and responsibility to their community. The home is then purchased by the family through a no-profit, no-interest mortgage. This entire process typically takes about a year to complete, from start to finish.
Jason Cohen Pittsburgh has had a relationship with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh for approximately 3 years now, working on several projects a year. In fact, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh is the only charitable organization who can do roof repairs, and that is due to its relationship with Jason Cohen Pittsburgh.
Jason Cohen is the Chief Consultant of Jason Cohen Pittsburgh, one of the largest and most rapidly growing small to mid-size multifamily investors in specific Pittsburgh markets, with the first commercial property being acquired in 2004. Jason Cohen Pittsburgh is a consulting forum for Jason Cohen and others to unite and package together specific real estate strategies tailored to the unique financial situation and goals of each client. Jason Cohen Pittsburgh represents and has provided real estate consulting services for private citizens, from doctors, teachers, and single parents to the seasoned investor and real estate professional. Jason Cohen Pittsburgh also offers extensive services to small- and large-cap businesses. Cohen’s group is set apart by the customized process designed exclusively for each client to succeed in their real estate activities.