Besides giving families a roof over their head, stable housing provides a sense of stability. Larger feelings of dignity, health, security and pride rise up and more opportunities for education and job prospects become available.
Habitat for Humanity of Richland and Crawford Counties Inc. works with volunteers, community partners and other faith-based Christian organizations in order to help to end poverty and substandard housing. Its mission is to bring people together to build homes, community and hope.
Executive Director Veronna Drane said, “Studies have shown that owning a safe, affordable home can have a variety of impacts. These include building the tax base, improving the health of participants, reducing the use of social services, improving education and revitalizing our neighborhoods.”
Since 1988, Habitat for Humanity of Richland and Crawford Counties Inc. has completed over 50 projects in both counties.
“Since our inception, we have moved from rehabs to new construction and have even done a few repairs,” said Dane.
Future goals include increasing the number of individuals served by expanding classes and services offered, like home ownership counseling and home construction for qualified home buyers. Any money raised this year will go to continuing the housing work in the community.
“Habitat for Humanity serves as a bridge into home ownership for many individuals and families denied this opportunity through conventional pathways,” said Drane. “Applicants are evaluated on a variety of parameters centered on ‘willingness to partner’, ‘commitment to the program’, ability to pay, and completion of the ‘sweat equity’ requirements. Habitat is a Fair Housing organization.”
Help out Habitat for Humanity and many community members by making a donation or simply getting involved. If you are interested, please visit www.habitatofrcc.org or call 419-524-8361.