Feb 25, 2009
Building Homes, Changing Lives One Family at a Time
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
Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley Given hope to 70 families last 19 years Next 5 years – trying to help 74 more
150 core volunteers, and 1000s of 1–2x / year volunteers
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
The Habitat Solution
And most important - Affordable
The Habitat Solution Chris, Yolanda, Laurie, Kurt, Angelika, Susan, Charles, Casmier, Kathy
Every man, woman and child should have a simple, decent, affordable place to live in dignity and safety.
Bring individuals, governments, local businesses, and faith-based organizations together to provide decent housing and safe growing neighborhoods.
How Are Habitat Families Selected? Only 6% of applicants become Habitat homeowners – selection based on: ability to pay a mortgage 35% to 65% of area median income
good employment record and credit rating
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 Budgeting for home ownership
Being a member of Habitat’s larger family
What is HLV Doing Now? Moving from building/renovating 5-7/yr to 12-15 homes/year 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.
Volunteer Blitz builds and year-round opportunities Community / land / site development Family selection / mentoring Development / congregational relations Public relations & marketing
Become part of the Habitat team
Become a Habitat Benefactor All funds raised locally: ⅓ faith-based and civic organizations No governmental funds used for building provide assistance for land purchases
provide land or condemned properties
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 Mortgage for three bedroom HLV home ~ $500/month including taxes & insurance held by HLV, vary from 20 to 30 years payments recycled to build new homes
zero foreclosures to date
Organize a Group! Coordinate with your employer, faith-based organization, service club, neighborhood, etc. Put faith/motto into action
Contact HLV’s group volunteer coordinator to choose a date for your group
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.