Habitat for Humanity

By Matthew

The vision of Habitat for Humanity is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Every day, hard-working families in our community struggle to find affordable, safe and healthy housing. Children raised in poverty housing face significant obstacles -- asthma and allergies from unhealthy living conditions, high absence from school due to illness, lack of parental involvement when parents must work two jobs to pay the rent.
And they lack a stable, safe place to call home
In situations like these, the future for the next generation would be anything but bright.
This is where Habitat for Humanity comes in. Habitat offers families a hand-up, not a hand-out. Qualifying applicants must be living and working in Collier County for at least one year, be US citizens or permanent legal residents, have a minimum annual income of $18,000 and a clean criminal and credit record.
The process begins with generous donations from individuals, congregations, civic groups and businesses. With these gifts, land and materials are purchased.
Every partner family invests 500 hours of "sweat equity" helping to build homes, makes a thousand dollar down payment, and purchases their home with an interest free mortgage.
Homes are sold at cost and the mortgage payments are used to purchase land and materials for more homes. Over time, donor's original investments create a unique and perpetual cycle of success. Each home is a labor of love built by future homeowners and dedicated volunteers. Habitat for Humanity builds brighter futures, rebuilds neighborhoods, and strengthens communities. None of these amazing things could be accomplished without the dedication of generous donors, faithful volunteers and determined partner families. Won't you join us as we seek to put God's love into action? Swing a hammer, spread some paint, write a check, or mentor a family.
It will take each of us, doing all we can, to break the cycle of poverty our community.
Together we can move closer to the day when all God's children have at least a simple, decent place to live.

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