Habitat for Humanity builds homes, but with many moving parts, there's much more than just building.
Habitat for Humanity’s Activities Include:
• A home construction company, offering affordable, 0% interest mortgages. They hold the mortgage on more than 80 homes in Springfield;
• A home repair company that completes interior & exterior repairs;
• A Neighborhood Revitalization program working in Woodland Heights;
• A volunteer-friendly organization; and
• The ReStore – Habitat’s nonprofit home improvement store and donation center.
A common misconception is that Habitat gives away homes. The truth is Habitat’s homeowners are empowered to invest in themselves, creating a stable future and building independence.
Homeowners complete 250-350 hours of sweat equity, attend Tools for Life financial literacy classes, and purchase a safe and affordable home with a 20-year, 0% interest loan.
Habitat completes a variety of interior and exterior repairs including roof repair/replacement, window and door installation, painting, yard clean-ups and more.
Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) is a collaborative approach to improve the quality of life for all residents. The partner neighborhood, Woodland Heights, is located in the northwest corner of Springfield, Missouri, in Zone 1. NR is accomplished by creating partnerships with area businesses, government, residents, and other nonprofits that share a vision of revitalization (see mural above).
While new home construction and home repairs remain at the core of what Habitat does, they cannot transform neighborhoods through construction alone. Through NR, they can make a greater impact within a neighborhood and meet resident goals and aspirations, ultimately improving the quality of life, not only for residents of these neighborhoods, but also for the city as a whole.
“We have seen firsthand how an affordable home can play a key role in positively influencing education, health and financial opportunities for families and individuals,” said Larry Peterson, executive director of HFHS. “Affordable housing is something we all need to thrive, and yet many in Springfield still live in inadequate housing conditions.”
“Every volunteer can help build a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Monday through Saturday, volunteers are welcome,” says Peterson. They also count on financial contributions to fund programs and donations to the ReStore.
“Habitat ReStore accepts new and gently used appliances, furniture, building materials and more from individuals and companies. Shopping is open to the public and tax-free, which supports our mission!”
Financial Contributions can be made in the form of:
• One-time contributions of any size;
• Corporate sponsorships, for home builds, repairs or events;
• Sustaining donations through the “HopeBuilder Club” that can be set up in any amount and given on a recurring basis through a bank account;
• Legacy donations, in which Habitat for Humanity is named in the donor’s will; or
• Contributions to the Habitat Springfield Endowment.
Since 1988, the organization has either built or renovated more than 570 homes, providing shelter for more than 1,100 people in Greene, Christian and Webster counties by helping people gain strength, stability and self-reliance.
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