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Helping Our Community
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Monroe County Habitat for Humanity’s main focus for 2015 is Home Preservation. This program allows homeowners who are affected by low income, old age or disability to make necessary repairs on their homes. When these critical repairs are not made, homes can potentially become condemned. There is a great need for these types of repairs in our county.
23 Home Repairs in 2015
The Redevelopment Authority of Monroe County has funding for owner-occupied housing rehabilitation, but the need in our county far outweighs the resources currently available. The Redevelopment Authority is currently reporting a 3 to 4 year waiting list for home repairs. To make a dent in this list, MCHFH hopes to complete 23 home repairs this year. When people live in safe, decent housing they are able to be healthier, more productive citizens and our county benefits.
Who We Are
Monroe County Habitat for Humanity is a financially independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. It is a volunteer based, non-profit, ecumenical housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide by making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people from all faiths and walks of life to work together in partnership, building houses with families in need. Habitat provides ownership of adequate housing to eligible families through no-interest mortgages.
Habitat for Humanity International has built over 500,000 houses around the world, providing more than 2 million people with safe, decent, affordable shelter.
Monroe County has benefited by it’s proximity to metropolitan employment opportunities, creating an outer band bedroom communities for these higher paying jobs. The results for the county have been almost twenty years of continuous growth. The housing markets catered to these new residents, providing them with housing significantly out of reach of the residents who work in the local communities. People upon whom we all depend; police officers, nurses, teachers, local service workers (both commercial and governmental), families with disabled family members, as well as young families and older residents can all fall into this category.
How We Work
Monroe County Habitat for Humanity works locally in our community to select and support homeowners, organize volunteers and coordinate house building.
Who We Serve
Homeowners are selected based on their need for housing, their ability to repay a mortgage and their willingness to work in partnership with Habitat. Habitat does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion or national origin.
How It’s Possible
Habitat is able to make housing affordable to low-income families because:
Houses are sold through a no-profit mortgage
Individuals, corporations, and others provide vital financial support
Homeowners and volunteers build under trained supervision
Everyone—all of us, every last person on God’s earth—deserves decent shelter. It speaks to the most basic of human needs—our home—the soil from which all of us, every last person, either blossom or wither. We each have need of food, clothing, education, medical care, and companionship; but first, we must have a place to live and grow.Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity International
What the poor need is not charity, but capital, not caseworkers but coworkers.Clarence Jordan
We help people not by giving them a hand out, but by giving them a hand up.Kelly Kemmerer, Executive Director
A home means many things to many people. It's a place where you feel nourishment. It gives a person a place to grow roots and to feel safe.Bill Snell, Site Supervisor
There's not enough good in the world, so the more you can put into it, the better the future is going to be.Steve Bogan, Volunteer