Spring information session about affordable home buying scheduled for Wednesday, June 8 at the COG General Forum
RSVP's not required, but welcome! Email SCCLT at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 814.867.0656 for more information.
By Sue Hiester
Did you realize that State College has quite a range of 20th century residential architecture?
The newest house purchased by the SCCLT is a National Home and as such, is part of this
collection and an example of post-war housing style and manufacturing.
Once World War II War ended, the GI Bill enabled many returning service men and women to earn college degrees. I had an uncle who had fought in Italy who got his engineering degree at Drexel. John (my husband and newsletter editor ) had two uncles who came to Penn State on the GI Bill. With a sense of forward thinking and with new families being created almost overnight, hundreds suddenly descended on our small university town and needed to live somewhere.
Enter companies like National Homes of Lafayette, Ind., as well as Aladdin, Gordon-Van Tine, Lustron and Gunnison homes to list a few. All of these companies took standardized manufacturing processes, combined them with new materials developed during the war and put them all into prefab, manufactured home building. Our town has many of these homes still serving families of all sizes and doing so very well.
National Homes all have a metal plaque, usually in the utility room, that declares it as a National
Home, along with an individualized serial number. All the components arrived on one of 300
trucks that arrived just as the local workday began, so that the builders had a full day of work
and no time was wasted. One truck carried one complete house, right down to the paint for the
walls and hardware for doors. A finished house could be built in 2-5 weeks.
We are fortunate to live in a town that provides a rich cross section of the way housing styles
and methods of manufacturing and construction have changed through the 20th century and
now, well into the 21st. Finding such examples is worth a walk or bike ride or two around town. I think
you'll be surprised at your discoveries! (Full article is available in the May 2016 newsletter)
Request for Proposal (RFP) Owner’s Representative (OR) – The State College Community Land Trust (SCCLT) is seeking a proposal for an OR for the selection process of a design/build firm to construct a moderately-priced green duplex in SC Borough. The professional chosen as OR for the selection process shall not be the design/build party. They shall be two different parties. Proposals must be submitted by 11 AM, on Tuesday, May 31. The RFP is available on the SCCLT website at http://www.scclandtrust.org/request-for-proposals.html
SCCLT set an ambitious goal of 50 individual donors for the 2016 Centre Gives, and despite technical glitches, we did it, thanks to all of you.
Last week SCCLT members honored Jason's years of service at the Centre County Council for Human Services' 44th annual Rose Cologne Volunteer Dinner. The dinner is an event aimed at paying tribute to those volunteers who work to further the worthwhile mission statements of CCCHS member agencies. In 2016, 37 were honored for the countless amounts of time, money and energy they spent volunteering with our agencies to make Centre County an even better place to live.
In 2005, Jason and Deanne Maas became Land Trust homeowners, moving their two small children from an apartment into a house in the Borough. Later, they welcomed a third child. Over the years, the family has set down deep roots in the community.
In 2006, the SCCLT director sought help with its fledgling web site. Despite his busy schedule as an information technology professional with DiscipleMakers, a Christian mission organization, Jason immediately volunteered his computer expertise.
Jason upgraded the office computer, installed Internet service, and revamped the web site. For ten years, he managed the web site and provided additional computer expertise.
Thanks to Jason, the website has been a key tool for the SCCLT in helping over 50 individuals and families achieve successful homeownership and economic empowerment.
The Land Trust is celebrating its 20th year, and we are grateful to Jason for his dedicated service. Thank you, Jason.
SCCLT Monthly Meeting
The State College Community Land Trust Board meets on the last Wednesday of every month at 7:00 in the Borough Building.