HABITAT FOR HUMANITY INTERNATIONAL INC wrote -
Did you know that Rutland County was the only county in Vermont that did not have a Habitat For Humanity chapter! That has all changed as of July 1, 2014 as our very own Habitat For Humanity of Rutland County was officially chartered.
Even as a new brand entity, we are excited to say that we have several potential builds in the works. This is a testament to the need for Habitat Houses in our community and we need your help to fund these projects!
Why is home ownership important to our community? According to the National Association of Realtors Research Division 2012 report, “Homeownership boosts the educational performance of children, induces a higher participation in civic and volunteering activity, improves heal care outcomes, lowers crime rates and lessons welfare dependency.”
With homeownership in Rutland County at 52%, which is lower than both state and national averages according to the 2012 Rutland Vermont Housing and Market Assessment Study, it is easy to see how increasing homeownership will have a huge positive impact in our community.
How does Habitat for Humanity work?
- Habitat volunteers work locally in our community to select and support homeowners, organize volunteers and coordinate house building and/ or repair.
- Homeowners are selected based on their need for housing, their ability to repay a no interest mortgage and their willingness to work in partnership with Habitat by contributing between 300 to 500 hours of sweat equity.
- Habitat is able to make housing affordable to low-income families because:
- Houses are sold through a no-profit mortgage.
- Individuals, corporations, faith groups and others provide vital financial support.
- Homeowners and volunteers build or repair under trained supervision.
Donate to day to help us reach our $15,000 goal and to achieve our mission of “Transforming People's Lives and Our Community by Creating Affordable and Decent Housing, Lifting Up One Family at a Time.”