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  • 1. Building Homes, Changing Lives One Family at a Time
  • 2. Habitat For Humanity
    • Habitat has built more than 250,000 houses around the world
    • Provided more than 1 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter
  • 3. Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley
    • Given hope to 70 families last 19 years
    • Next 5 years – trying to help 74 more
    • This requires
      • $1.5M annual budget
      • 150 core volunteers, and 1000s of 1–2x / year volunteers
  • 4. Why is Habitat Critical?
    • 3,000 LV families in sub-standard housing
      • endangers health and safety
      • erodes hope and self-worth
      • impairs children's ability to succeed in school
    • Over-priced housing leaves little $ for necessities
  • 5. The Habitat Solution
    • Build houses that are:
      • Simple
      • Decent
      • Appropriate
      • And most important - Affordable
  • 6. The Habitat Solution
    • YOU
    • +
    • Partners
    • +
    • Staff
    Chris, Yolanda, Laurie, Kurt, Angelika, Susan, Charles, Casmier, Kathy
  • 7. Our Vision
    • Every man, woman and child should have a simple, decent, affordable place to live in dignity and safety.
  • 8. Our Mission
    • Bring individuals, governments, local businesses, and faith-based organizations together to provide decent housing and safe growing neighborhoods.
  • 9. How Are Habitat Families Selected?
    • Only 6% of applicants become Habitat homeowners – selection based on:
      • need
      • ability to pay a mortgage
      • willingness to partner
    • Requirements:
      • 35% to 65% of area median income
      • good employment record and credit rating
      • 250 hours sweat equity
  • 10. How Do We Insure Success?
    • Families have to make a commitment
      • 18 - 24 months from approval to move-in
      • Sweat equity requirement, 250 - 500 hours
    • Families mentored:
      • Budgeting for home ownership
      • Home self-maintenance
      • Being a member of Habitat’s larger family
  • 11. What is HLV Doing Now?
    • Moving from building/renovating 5-7/yr to 12-15 homes/year
    • Our First Development
      • Aaron & Williams Street, south Bethlehem
      • 12 acres of woodlands and wildlife preserved
      • Hiking trails to be added by youth groups
    • 40 homes in total, 12 in ‘08, 15 ’09 & ‘10
      • Goal: 74 homes across Lehigh Valley over next 5 yrs.
  • 12.
    • How can I get involved?
  • 13. Volunteer
    • Work on a build
      • Opportunities abound:
        • ½ and full days
        • Blitz builds and year-round opportunities
        • Site lunches
    • OR
          • Community / land / site development
          • Family selection / mentoring
          • Development / congregational relations
          • Construction / volunteer
          • Public relations & marketing
          • Personnel & HR
          • Finance
    • Become part of the Habitat team
  • 14. Become a Habitat Benefactor
    • All funds raised locally:
      • ⅓ faith-based and civic organizations
      • ⅓ foundations and grants
      • ⅓ individuals
    • No governmental funds used for building
    • Local governments:
      • provide assistance for land purchases
      • provide land or condemned properties
  • 15. Financial Model - HLV
    • We build new homes for ~ $100,000
    • Homes sold at cost ~ ½ fair market value
    • Fair-market rent for two bedroom unit
      • ~ $750/month
    • Mortgage for three bedroom HLV home
      • ~ $500/month including taxes & insurance
    • Mortgage aspects
      • 0% interest
      • held by HLV, vary from 20 to 30 years
      • payments recycled to build new homes
      • zero foreclosures to date
  • 16. Organize a Group!
    • Coordinate with your employer, faith-based organization, service club, neighborhood, etc.
    • Strengthen relationships
    • Put faith/motto into action
    • Contact HLV’s group volunteer coordinator to choose a date for your group
  • 17. Ultimate Goal
    • Keep the need for adequate and basic shelter in the hearts and on the minds of people in such a powerful way that poverty and homelessness become socially, politically and religiously unacceptable in our nations and world.
  • 18. The End
    • Questions?
    • habitatlehighvalley.org
    • 610-776-7737