Having a comfortable and safe place to come home to every night is something many may take for granted. Unfortunately, poverty housing is a huge issue in Brevard; families are living in unsafe and unhealthy conditions. Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County, Inc. (Habitat) believes that can change. Habitat builds houses in partnership with very low-income families. Research has shown that decent housing improves health, increases children’s educational achievement and strengthens community ties.
The nonprofit builds simple, affordable houses with people in need and then sells the houses to homeowner partners through zero interest loans. Houses are built mainly by volunteers so mortgage payments are reasonable for families unable to obtain conventional financing. Homeowners are required to invest 200 hours of “sweat equity,” time spent volunteering in our community, taking educational classes, building their own home or other Habitat houses.
Participants are selected without regard to race. Three criteria drive the qualification process: need, ability to pay and willingness to partner with Habitat. Habitat was founded as, and is, a Christian ministry but homeowners are chosen without regard to race, creed, or nationality – following the requirements of the law. Most homeowners work low-wage jobs and some do receive public assistance.
Many studies of low-cost housing show that affordable housing has no adverse effect on other neighborhood property values. Habitat’s approach to affordable housing improves neighborhoods and communities by strengthening community spirit and increasing the tax base while building better citizens through the cooperative efforts involved in construction.
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