No matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve to feel strength and stability day after day. We deserve to know we have the power to take care of ourselves and build our own futures. At Habitat for Humanity, this is what unites us. We empower local families and our community through affordable housing.
Long Term Partnerships
We begin by partnering with low-income families who work hard to develop the skills needed to be successful homeowners. If a family applies for a home and is declined, we help them develop a plan to overcome their obstacles and earn approval on a future application.
Before buying their home with an interest-free mortgage, homebuyer families contribute 200-400 sweat equity hours by assisting with construction and learning home maintenance and financial management skills.
When a family moves into their home, we don’t walk away. We encourage long-term relationships with homebuyers, walking alongside them all the way through their last mortgage payment. This is essential as we empower homebuyers to create a better life for themselves and their families.
Before settling into their home, a typical Habitat family moves every 1-2 years. Moving is hard. Kids have to adjust to a new school and make new friends. Parents wonder how long they can stay before the apartment affects their health or the landlord raises rent. Worries like this make it difficult to think about anything else.
A safe and affordable home puts an end to these worries. A stable home allows its residents to focus on the future. Health and family relationships improve. Employment stabilizes. Families save money, invest in their neighborhood, strengthen local schools and broaden the city’s tax base.
We’re working on multiple homes on the same street to create a more significant neighborhood impact. When neighbors see new homes constructed or older homes renovated, they’re reinvigorated by the neighborhood’s new life.
This becomes evident when we see a neighbor repairing his front door, which leads to his neighbor painting his house and another neighbor landscaping her yard. The entire neighborhood prospers.
The benefits of neighborhood revitalization spread throughout our community. By bringing homeowners into a neighborhood, vacant housing decreases and property values increase.
As a result, the city receives more taxes that will help improve local schools and transit. This is the beginning of neighbors working together to create a better community for themselves and future generations.
Habitat works with many organizations to plan, advocate and share resources for the purpose of creating and protecting healthy and interactive neighborhoods. We’ve been working with cities in Grant County to identify areas where Habitat’s revitalization efforts are needed most.
Habitat for Humanity makes a tremendous impact on the lives of homeowners. Our work impacts health, environmental and educational outcomes; civic and social engagements; the financial stability of Habitat families; and local economies. You can view the full report at the link below. Here you can learn how Habitat's work contributes to our local economy by supporting jobs and purchasing local goods and services, creating a ripple effect that multiplies our investment to generate meaningful impact.