Today we heard from Ed Lee of Habitat for Humanity. http://habitatcincinnati.org/
Habitat for Humanity believes that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. They build and repair houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations. Partner families purchase these houses through no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans or innovative financing methods.
Habitat began as a grassroots organization. Operates in over 70 countries and has 1200+ affiliates in the U.S. They have built or repaired over 800,000 homes in more than 3000 communities worldwide. Habitat is not a give-away program. Homes are sold to partner families at no-profit with an affordable mortgage. They build homes through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials. Partners include corporations, government, churches, schools, and individuals.
Habitat has been building in the Tri-state for 28 years and in 2013 formed a single, 9-county region. There have been about 500 homes built or rehabbed in this region with about 40 more planned for this year. Habitat is a top 10 builder in the United States. They tithe 10% of revenues to global building in Kenya, El Salvador, Cambodia, and Armenia. Ed has spent time building in Haiti and would love to share that opportunity with anyone who is interested.
Partner families are selected based on 3 criteria:
-Must currently live in substandard housing
-Must be able to afford the monthly mortgage
-Must be willing to partner with Habitat by putting in 250-500 hours of sweat equity and take courses related to home ownership.
Why do they do what they do? Because home ownership impacts children positively:
-28% more likely to graduate from HS
-116% more likely to go to college
-20% less likely to become teenage mothers
-16% more likely to be involved in their school and community
If you know of any available property in Clermont County, please contact Ed.Lee@habitatcincinnati.org
Next week we will have a membership discussion about member recruitment and retention as well as a board meeting.