How well do you know Habitat for Humanity? Like most charities, there are some surprising misconceptions about our organization. Let’s dispel the three most common myths about Habitat for Humanity.
1. Myth: Jimmy Carter started Habitat for Humanity. Truth: He didn’t start the organization, but he is arguably our most famous volunteer. Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter have been involved with the organization since March 1984.
2. Myth: Because volunteers help us build homes and we receive donated items it doesn’t cost us anything to build a house. Truth: In Jackson and Washington counties, we need to raise $80,000 for every house we build.
3. Myth: Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity gives our houses away. Truth: This couldn’t be further from the truth: Our homeowners pay mortgages and during the construction process, also contribute ‘sweat equity’ during the construction of their homes and those of others.
So how does the Habitat process work? Through five equally important steps.
1. FUND: Donations from community companies, individuals, and faith groups fund Habitat home construction.
2. BUILD: Volunteers and homebuyers build homes, often with donated materials and labor.
3. EDUCATE: Financial education courses prepare families for homeownership.
4. BUY: Homebuyers purchase homes with favorable financing terms.
5. REINVEST: All mortgage payments are reinvested back into the program.
Through this model, Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity is able to continue to provide safe, affordable housing for families in need, a mission we are honored to uphold.
After a successful volunteer day dedicated to laying sod, construction is wrapping up the homes on both Booker Street and Oak Street in Marianna. Appliances are installed, final inspections are done and we’re waiting on appraisals—it’s always exciting as we get so close to home dedications!
Happy New Year! July 1st marked the first day of the new program year for Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity. Even during a time of great uncertainty and many changes, we are so excited about all that we have been able to accomplish with God and the help of our faithful supporters.
Since July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 we’ve had 5 homeowners pay off their mortgages, and we’ve added 2 additional homeowner families to our roll, for a total of 43 active mortgages in our portfolio. This past program year, close to 100 volunteers logged nearly 1500 volunteer hours between the ReStores and our Construction sites. Our active homeowners contributed $23,000 to the tax rolls, and our ReStores diverted nearly 50 tons of discarded goods from the landfill.
To stay connected with you and all of our supporters, donors, volunteers and families, we’ve launched our new website, we’ve revamped our social media pages, and we’ve revitalized our newsletter.
As we are continuing our Hurricane Michael Disaster Rebuilds, we are determined to help our communities BUILD BACK BETTER. We’re being intentional with our plans and we’re going BIG and BUILDING HOMES!