Self-Reliance

image035Through shelter, we empower.  A decent place to live and an affordable mortgage help homeowners save more, invest in education, pursue opportunity and have more financial stability.

Buying a Habitat home takes hard work.  Homeowner candidates contribute “sweat equity” building their home and the homes of others in partnership with volunteers and contractors.  In addition, Habitat homeowners participate in a series of educational classes designed to prepare candidates for successful homeownership.  Rather than a “hand-out” a Habitat home is truly a “hand-up”, allowing homebuyers to build skills for a solid future.

 “Building a Habitat home isn’t as simple as getting the keys and walking into a new home.  We were required to commit sweat-equity hours building our home and other Habitat families’ homes.  We walked across town – my mother didn’t have a car – every Saturday morning to work on the build site.”

AntoniaGrew up in a Habitat home