Chief Executive Director Kevin Smith discussed Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County, an independent chapter of the largest not- for profit builder in the world, and how they ‘seek to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope.’ He described their local mission, building affordable housing, providing 0% interest mortgages to hard-working qualified homeowners, and thereby revitalizing neighborhoods and empowering the families. He discussed the current lack of affordable housing, with many families paying well above 30% of their monthly income on rent. He spoke of the homeowners accepted into the program, they commit to improving their credit score, learn budgeting, provide sweat equity and learn home repairs, remain in the home for ten years before realizing any equity, and take community leadership classes. Mr Smith points out that by clumping homes in one neighborhood, and offering critical home repairs for low-income homeowners, they are improving the quality of life for the entire area, creating a community. They support these communities after the build by partnering with residents to revitalize neighborhoods and eliminate blight through neighborhood clean-ups and beautification projects.
Habitat For Humanity relies on grants and donations and income from their ReStores. New or gently used furnishings, fixtures and building supplies are donated, then resold at a deep discount. The stores and the home building and repair work also take volunteers and he was happy to report that groups are once again on the job and that they are looking for businesses and offices to sign up.
To donate, volunteer, get ReStore locations and hour, or get more information about Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County, visit habitatncc.org