In October, 1987, Board members drove to Syracuse, New York, where the Habitat for Humanity, International Board was meeting on Habitats eleventh anniversary. There we were officially welcomed as Habitat Affiliate Number 218 and Wicomico Habitat became the second affiliate in the State of Maryland.
During the next six years, Habitat completed a total of ten homes, build by local volunteers and church mission groups. Monies came from local community leaders and from the Faith community. Houses were built in lots scattered throughout the county.
In 1993, the Wiesner Family donated eight lots in a subdivision in the county and Habitat received $405,000 Federal Community Development Block Grant monies to acquire another 12 lots. Habitat’s focus changed from building scattered homes, to building neighborhoods and, for 11 years, Habitat built homes in the Kirkwood neighborhood.
In 2004 Habitat was approached by Barrie Tilghman, the then mayor of Salisbury, and invited to collaborate with the city in revitalizing the Church Street neighborhood, a core city neighborhood plagued with urban problems such as drugs, prostitution and crime.