Please Support Habitat of Humanity of Greater Charlottesville
Since its inception in 1991, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville (HFHGC) has achieved remarkable results.
- More than 100 local adults have become homeowners through our efforts.
- More than 150 "Habitat Partner Kids" live in Habitat homes in our communities.
- 23 families are currently working on "sweat equity," waiting for a home of their own.
- 81 homes have been completed. Seven more are under construction or have been sponsored.
- More than 1,200 community volunteers worked on HFHGC homes each year.
- Last year alone, the Habitat Store produced a profit of $176,000-or nearly three Habitat home sponsorships (a $60,000 commitment). Since its opening in 2003, the Habitat Store has recycled and sold donated building materials, diverting 1,800+ tons of very usable "waste" from the landfill.
Habitat for Humanity 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 of Greater Charlottesville serves families earning between 25% and 60% of area median income. For a family of four that equals $17,100 - $41,100 gross income.
Families must demonstrate that they are ready for home ownership by working to clear any credit or debt issues by working with a Housing Counselor in a Homebuyer's Education program. They must also demonstrate the need for simple, decent, affordable housing. Family Selection Committee members visit the homes of applicants to confirm evidence of need, which can be homelessness, substandard housing, overcrowding, living in an unsafe neighborhood, paying more than 40% of income to rent or receiving public assistance.
Families must be willing to help build their own homes as well as the homes of others. This "Sweat Equity," as well as the hundreds of volunteer hours, helps Habitat keep the building expenses low so that families can afford to purchase their home with a no interest loan.
To learn more and find ways you can help bring more affordable housing to the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Greene, Louisa, and Buckingham, please visit www.cvillehabitat.org.