4 Things You May Not Know About Habitat For Humanity
Habitat for Humanity of Mesquite is very excited to announce the launch of a new initiative this year: Camp Hope. Camp Hope is geared toward helping kids ages 6 to 12 learn about Habitat through educational activities and foster relationships with families who qualify to participate in the Habitat home ownership program. Families who qualify to participate are working towards putting a roof over their heads through Habitat’s Advanced Prequalification program. Advanced Prequalification is now in its third year and has been an amazing success. Before this program started in 2014, there were 40 homes in Mesquite in need of repair or replacement. Since 2014, they have repaired and replaced 61 homes, saving families an estimated $10 million in repair, replacement costs, and other expenses, like hiring a residential roofing contractor. This year marks the sixth year of the ongoing build/redevelopment of 33 acres at 7575 Pioneer Blvd. They have invested nearly $18 million in building 57 homes and enhancing a 1.5 acre open space area that still preserves the habitat for the many different types of native plants found in Mesquite. One of the many ways they give back to the community is through the Kids Camp component of their program.
With tens of thousands of homes built around the world from Habitat for Humanity, there’s a lot to learn about the nonprofit, much of which you might not know. According to Habitat for Humanity International, “our passion for affordable housing is rooted in a three-step process: building, owning and maintaining.” There are many amazing things you may not know about Habitat for Humanity.
1. Recognized as one of the world’s top non-profits in multiple areas, Habitat for Humanity International is a worldwide nonprofit organization that constructs, builds and renovates safe and healthy housing in communities across the globe. Many of their works in developing countries are recognized as building blocks to better and more sustainable communities.
2. Habitat for Humanity began in the American South in 1967, originally designed as a local relief project. Since then, more than one million people have been helped with Habitat for Humanity housing projects in 45 countries, and 130 years later, they’re still reaching out to help others.
3. Habitat homes are the foundation of a stronger and better community. From an agency with a goal of improving one individual’s life with a single project, to one that works globally to help people be what they can be and the environment around them be better, Habitat has helped numerous people with safe, modern houses for a lot less money. According to their official website, Habitat believes that home ownership and empowerment is a key to living in peace
4. Habitat believes in forming an emotional connection with people they help, from a low-income family to a family with five children, Habitat for Humanity has helped people of all backgrounds. Their home purchase process involves conducting many interviews to ensure that families who buy houses from them are deserving. Home construction lasts from six months to two years depending on what the house needs. Once the house is finished, home buyers work with Habitat volunteers to help get it ready for the community to move in.