Habitat for Humanity International was started in 1976 as an ecumenical Christian housing ministry, and today has more than 1,500 independent affiliates working throughout the United States and more than 80 national organizations working around the world. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races, and religions to build houses together in partnership with low-income families in need of decent shelter.
In 1987, in response to the growing number of working families without access to affordable housing, members of the local faith community established our local Habitat affiliate, now known as Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio. Habitat-MidOhio builds and rehabilitates single-family homes in low-income neighborhoods throughout Franklin, Licking, and Madison counties. Since 1987, we have empowered more than 350 local families to move out of substandard rental housing and into a simple, affordable home of their own. Our partner families are first-time home buyers who earn 30-60% of area median income and currently live in rental housing that is dilapidated, overcrowded, or unaffordable. Every partner family invests 200-250 hours of 'sweat equity,' which includes helping to build their own home and other Habitat houses, and every family repays a 0% interest, no-profit mortgage held by the local affiliate for the life of the loan. We offer ongoing support services to help ensure that our partner families succeed as homeowners.
Habitat homes are built with the financial support of individuals, the business community, private and family foundations, churches and faith groups, community organizations, and programs funded by state and local government agencies. The cost of construction is reduced through in-kind donations of materials and services and the labor is provided by Habitat partner families and community volunteers. More than 5,500 individuals volunteered with us last year.
Imagine coming home after a hard day’s work only to face the choice between paying rent and buying groceries. Imagine sending your children to bed at night in a house where the roof leaks, cold air streams through broken windows, and rodents are regular visitors. Imagine being torn between taking your child to the doctor and paying for a place to stay. There are thousands of families living in substandard housing in our community, and many face choices like these each day. These heads–of-households work hard, often more than 40 hours each week, yet they are pushed to the financial edge due to the lack of affordable housing. Instead of offering a handout, Habitat provides the hand up these families need. We bring together donor dollars and thousands of dedicated volunteers, and then match these resources with a qualified partner family. Since 1987, we have empowered more than 350 families to realize a brighter future as proud owners of houses that are safe, decent, and affordable.
We take great pride in our mission to work in partnership with God and people to build affordable homes, empower families, and develop communities, and in everything we do to carry out our mission. Our work builds brighter futures, instills confidence, and supports families as they achieve home ownership for the first time. We select partner families through a careful review process, and we support our families as they work to fulfill the program’s requirements and build their homes alongside our volunteers. We have more than 20 homes under construction each year and coordinate the activities of thousands of volunteers. We finance the 0% interest, no-profit mortgages that make our homes affordable for low-income families, and we operate two retail stores to help sustain our program. With your support, we can continue our work to eliminate substandard housing and help those in need. Habitat homes provide tangible evidence that your donations are making a difference in our community.