Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. They believe that affordable homeownership is foundational for creating family stability, ensuring academic success for children and eliminating generational poverty. In 35 years, Habitat Greenville has built over 370 homes in Greenville County. They are the largest builder of affordable homes in the county. This would not be possible without our generous community made up of individuals, local businesses, large corporations and the faith community who have volunteered their time and donated financial and in-kind resources.
Habitat brings families, community partners and volunteers together to construct affordable, energy-efficient homes that help families build stability, strength and self-reliance. In fact, the stability provided by homeownership is recognized as the leading factor in children’s academic success. The Habitat Model provides an opportunity for people to help themselves. The Habitat program has been carefully designed to ensure successful outcomes. That success is based on careful selection and preparation of families for homeowner partnership, intentional homeowner educational classes, and families’ “sweat equity” in order to better themselves. Once a family is in their own home they pay an affordable mortgage at zero percent interest.
Habitat Greenville also operates two ReStores in Greenville County. The ReStores generate a significant portion of the organization’s revenue to create affordable homeownership opportunities in Greenville County. Donations to the ReStore keeps usable items out of the landfill while helping supporting Habitat’s mission.
IMPACTS OF COVID-19
Due to the current situation, Habitat ReStores are closed to the public indefinitely. The administrative staff is operating remotely, and the organization’s construction team is on build sites, practicing a safe work environment and working on homes without volunteers. Volunteer opportunities are on hold indefinitely as well. They look forward to the day we can all build together again.
Habitat families are deeply impacted by this crisis as well. They are losing hours of pay because of workplaces limiting hours or mandated business closings. Parents are having to figure out how to make ends meet and take care of their children who are home because schools are closed. Habitat is committed to keeping these families in their homes. They anticipate at least 20% of their families not being able to stay current with their mortgage due to the economic downturn. Because the organization hold those mortgages, they’re able to keep them in their homes, as long as we have the funds.
In the short term, Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County will bear a heavy financial burden that this unexpected crisis is causing. They are accepting donations, so they can continue to support our families and keep them in their homes.