Mission Statement: Seeking to put God’s love into action. Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and, hope for low and medium-income families.
Houston County Habitat for Humanity is a Christian-based home-building ministry that partners with approximately 700 low and medium-income people in our local community and 46 families internationally, helping them build or improve a place they can all call home.
Working alongside volunteers, Habitat homeowners put down an affordable down payment and then put in hundreds of “sweat equity” hours as they help build their own homes. Homeowners then purchase their home and pay an affordable zero-interest mortgage. The self-empowerment created by this opportunity helps homeowner families eliminate barriers to a better, healthier, and more financially stable life. We believe that no one lives with dignity until everyone can live in dignity.
STATEMENT OF NEED
Our affiliate here in Houston County Georgia now has the capacity to build 5-6 houses a year. Our last homeowner information meeting held in January 2022 resulted in more than 100 applicants, leaving 97 people without a solution. Many of the families in our current pipeline represent the front-line workers who are fulfilling essential duties in at-risk industries during this post-COVID-19 environment. These are the individuals bagging groceries, delivering packages, preparing food, and working in hospitals. Your grant gift will directly support these families working hard toward their homeownership opportunity.
Data research determined the need for affordable housing in Houston County to be as follows:
In Houston County Georgia, and specifically in Warner Robins, we have many families with a single wage-earner performing a low wage, but an essential job for our community. However, they are unable to “afford” housing. For housing expenses to be “affordable” they must consume no more than 30% of a family’s monthly income. Upon completion of the home build, we sell the house to the partner family for our cost and we finance the purchase price over 20 years with a zero-interest loan.
A 2016 Economic Impact Study commissioned by Middle Georgia State University concerning Houston County Habitat found the following:
Today, we are building for families like Chimere. As a child, she grew up in a low-income single-parent home. They were sometimes homeless and moved 19 times by the time she was the age of 17 years old. Now as an adult, she is determined to break the cycle of poverty with affordable homeownership and give her children the life she did not get to experience as a child. Thanks to individuals like you, her dream will soon become a reality.
Only with community supporters like you, is Habitat for Humanity's global mission able to help more than 29 million people build or improve the place they can call home. When donors generously give to Houston County Habitat to build a home it is transforming lives for the better, and for that, we are forever grateful.