Habitat’s Walk to Rebuild held in Lavallette

The Habitat For Humanity 3 Mile Walk attracted over 100 participants and was held on the boardwalk in Lavallette on Saturday, Sept. 7. STEVE WEXLER THE OCEAN STAR

LAVALLETTE— Northern Ocean County may be one of the wealthiest areas in the state with its multimillion dollar beachfront homes, but representatives of Habitat for Humanity say that even in the midst of great wealth there is still a need for affordable housing.

Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity, which recently completed its 19th home in the county, held its fourth annual Walk to Rebuild on the Lavallette Boardwalk this weekend with the aim of raising funds for the organization.  

“Many people in our community do not live in safe, decent housing and it is hard to imagine that because we look around and sometimes we are blinded by what we see,” Suzan Fichtner, executive director of Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity, said. She said that to date, the organization has rebuilt 230 homes for seniors and veterans. 

“In Habitat’s world, we see people living without roofs that are safe … we see people who can’t get out of their home.”  

On Saturday, Sept. 7, the Northern Ocean County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity held its fourth annual Walk to Build at the Lavallette Boardwalk and along Route 35.

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