HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
What is Habitat for
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit,
ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to
eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the
world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience
Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and
religions to build houses together in partnership with
families in need.
Habitat has built more than 100,000 houses around the
world, providing more than 500,000 people in more than
2,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter.
HFHI was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with
his wife Linda.
How does it work?
Through volunteer labor and donations of money and
materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple,
decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner)
families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at
no profit, financed with affordable, no-interest loans.
The homeowners' monthly mortgage payments are used to
build still more Habitat houses.
Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down
payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners
invest hundreds of hours of their own labor -- sweat
equity -- into building their Habitat house and the
houses of others.
What's happening in the
Habitat for Humanity of Butler County, Southwest
Chapter, as the name implies, serves the Boroughs and
Townships in southwest Butler County. We have completed
five houses since 1991 and started the sixth house in
Zelienople on July 27, 2002, completed December 2005.
Habitat for Humanity will be beginning two new projects
in April of 2009 in Connoquenessing and in Cranberry
Our chapter meets the first
Tuesday of every month at Calvin Presbyterian Church in
Zelienople at 7:30 PM. We are in need of volunteers to
help with the different committees and work groups to
work Saturdays on site. If interested join us on
Tuesday or contact Judy Kercovich at (724) 452-7560 ext
126 or (724) 774-5746.