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Genesee County Habitat for Humanity was established in 1990 and is one of 2000 affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International. Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat for Humanity builds thousands of homes in 100 countries. A Habitat for Humanity home is built every 24 minutes somewhere in the world. Genesee County Habitat for Humanity has built or renovated 106 homes since its founding.
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Our Mission Statement
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
About Genesee County Habitat for Humanity
Genesee County Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
Genesee County Habitat for Humanity selects a partner family based on three basic qualifications. First, applicants must demonstrate a need for housing. Second, an applicant’s income must be within the 25% - 60% range of the annual median income of Genesee County. For example, a family of four must have an annual income within the range of $17,350 to $28,900 and must provide payment history that indicates the family’s improving credit and ability to pay a monthly mortgage to Genesee County Habitat for Humanity. Finally, each adult partner must agree to work 250 “sweat equity” volunteer hours before they move into their home.
Genesee County Habitat works in collaboration with many community partners. In one such partnership, prospective homeowners attend a series of classes provided by Metro Community Development Habitat homeowners attend classes in budgeting, finance, and home care and maintenance to develop the skills necessary for the upkeep of their new home. Partner families also set up IDA savings accounts with local banks to accumulate $1000 to pay for closing costs when they take possession of their Habitat homes. Genesee County Habitat for Humanity homes are sold to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable, no interest 20 –year mortgages.
Genesee County Habitat for Humanity also runs a ReStore. Many Habitat for Humanity affiliates operate ReStores that take donated new, used or like new building materials and sells them back to the public at a reduced cost. The purpose of our ReStore project is support of the global vision of Habitat for Humanity through the recycling of building materials. This is accomplished in four main areas:
• Environmental – being good stewards of valuable resources.
• Economic – reducing landfill disposal costs for builders.
• Social – providing inexpensive materials for home revitalization aiding those of low-income to improve their housing situation.
• Partnering – serving as a financial partner in the construction and operation of Genesee County Habitat for Humanity.
All Are Welcome
Genesee County Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate andrepair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide.
Equal Housing Opportunity Statement
We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.