Building Homes, Communities, and Hope

In 2011 Habitat for Humanity launched its Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative nationwide. While the largest private builder in the world, Habitat believed it should and could do more to address the need for affordable housing and to revitalize neighborhoods where this housing often resides. Because of the low number of affordable homes in our County, HFHSLOCO immediately became a Neighborhood Revitalization Affiliate and to work to preserve and revitalize our existing affordable housing stock and low-income neighborhoods. Currently HFHSLOCO has established community coalitions in Sierra Bonita Village, a senior community in Paso Robles and Oceano.

The Mission of Neighborhood Revitalization

Neighborhood Revitalization serves more families by responding to community aspirations; empowering residents to embrace their neighborhoods and improve their quality of life. This is not a change in Habitat’s mission because community building has always been a part of what we do. Prior to its launch, Habitat affiliates across the country were already participating in neighborhood-based partnerships as the most effective and efficient way to serve as many families as possible.

The Vision

Habitat’s vision is to revitalize neighborhoods into vibrant, safe, and inviting places to live for current and future residents. Revitalization happens through the dedication of engaged citizens, partnerships with civic and business groups and a renewed community spirit.

Neighborhood Revitalization’s Goals

  • To serve more families through an expanded array of housing products: In order to serve as many families as possible, especially in a specific or focus neighborhood, HFHSLOCO has moved from concentrating only on New Home Construction to including necessary maintenance, weatherization, and repairs to our service offerings,
  • To demonstrate an improved quality of life in local communties: Historically Habitat had one metric – how many houses were built or, more recently, how many families were served. Neighborhood Revitalization has introduced outcome evaluation as a means of determining the qualitative impact of the work Habitat, and its community partners, will do in focus neighborhoods,
  • To broaden the base of Habitat’s financial support: Many Habitat affiliates have found that Neighborhood Revitalization is an intriguing and innovative program that many organizations are willing and excited to support. Affiliates are receiving funding from new donors that are eager to fund Neighborhood Revitalization because it demonstrates lasting impact on an entire community,
  • To increase volunteer participation: Neighborhood Revitalization opens up new volunteer opportunities both through increased housing products and the possibility of mobilizing Habitat volunteers to work on other volunteer-appropriate projects.

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FAQs

What is Habitat for Humanity?

Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the United States and in more than 70 countries around the world. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward our vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with people and families in need of a decent and affordable home.

How does Habitat for Humanity help families?

People in your community and all over the world partner with Habitat to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.

How does Habitat for Humanity homeownership work?

Families in need of decent, affordable housing apply for homeownership with their local Habitat for Humanity.

Each local Habitat’s family selection committee selects homeowners based on three criteria:

  • The applicant’s level of need.
  • Their willingness to partner with Habitat.
  • Their ability to repay a mortgage through an affordable payment plan.

Habitat’s homebuyers invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners, in addition to paying an affordable mortgage and receiving financial education.

Habitat for Humanity follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing Habitat’s homeowners.

Does Habitat for Humanity only build new houses?

Habitat for Humanity works in a number of different ways to create decent, affordable housing.

In addition to new construction, Habitat also renovates existing homes in many communities, particularly in urban areas.

Habitat for Humanity helps people repair and improve their own homes and neighborhoods.

Habitat’s Disaster Response works with local communities to address a variety of housing needs after natural disasters.

Habitat’s advocacy work raises awareness and support for decent and affordable housing around the world.

Outside of North America, Habitat works with partner organizations to serve even more families through innovative financing methods.

How do you volunteer for Habitat for Humanity?

There are many ways to volunteer:

  • Volunteer locally
  • Travel and build
  • Volunteer long-term
  • Volunteer as part of a group
  •  Volunteer as part of a special event

What kind of donations does Habitat for Humanity accept?

Habitat depends on financial donations to fund our work. These donations help families build a place they can call home. We also have the Cars for Home program, Giving Stocks, and various other donation programs.

We also have local home improvement stores called Habitat ReStores, which sell reusable and surplus building materials, furniture and appliances to the public. The money made from these sales is used to help families build a better future.

What is a Habitat for Humanity ReStore?

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Habitat for Humanity ReStores are owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and proceeds are used to build strength, stability and self-reliance locally and around the world.

Where does Habitat for Humanity operate?

Habitat for Humanity works in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries around the world. Our operational headquarters are located in Americus, Georgia, and our administrative headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

How are donations distributed and used?

Habitat for Humanity relies on gifts from individuals, corporations and other groups to help families in need of decent and affordable homes around the world. All donations of any amount are deeply appreciated.

Designated donations are allocated in support of the U.S. affiliate, national organization or program of the donor’s choosing.

Undesignated gifts are invested through the Global Impact Fund where they can have the greatest impact.

Habitat’s Global Impact Fund helps:

  • Design and replicate innovative programs to serve more low-income families.
  • Build the capacity of our network of U.S. affiliates and national organizations.
  • Cover other costs necessary to ensure that Habitat fulfills its mission with excellence.

How does Habitat for Humanity work with the government?

Habitat asks legislators and housing regulators to increase support for affordable homeownership and decent housing.

Habitat monitors public policies related to housing, community and international development.

Habitat advocates for policies that will increase access to decent, affordable housing available to people around the world.

Habitat accepts government funds as long as they have no conditions that would violate our principles or limit our ability to proclaim our Christian identity.

Is Habitat for Humanity a Christian organization?

Yes, we are a global nonprofit Christian housing organization. All who desire to be a part of this work are welcome, regardless of religious preference or background. We have a policy of building with people in need regardless of race or religion. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds.