"Not only are we changing peoples’ lives, but our local affiliate is so incredible at what it does it is an honor to be a part of that group." – Aaron, Habitat donor/volunteer
In Hamilton County, Indiana, where nearly 20% of the the county's households are low to moderately-low income levels and greater than 20,000 households experience housing cost burdens, those families who pay more than 30% of their income on housing, unaffordable housing holds our community back from being a place that families can call “home."
Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County’s mission is to partner with low-income, hardworking families in Hamilton County under the conviction that every person and family deserves a simple, decent, and affordable place to live in safety and dignity. Habitat homeowners pay interest-free, no-profit mortgages, which are used to build more Habitat houses. Because houses are principally built with volunteer labor, mortgage payments are affordable for low-income partners.
Habitat qualifying families, or partner families, are selected based on their need for housing, ability to repay the no-interest mortgage and willingness to partner with Habitat by earning between 300-500 hours of “sweat equity” or volunteer time. Through the work of thousands of volunteers and organizations, Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County has built a total of 54 homes.
Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County was founded in 1990 and after more than 21 years and greater than 50 homes built, Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County maintains a 0% foreclosure rate. Our affiliate has 2 full-time staff, a virtual ReStore discount home improvement store, and has housed more than 150 people.
Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to 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 for Humanity International has grown to more than 2,100 affiliates in more than 100 countries, including all 50 US states.