Habitat for Humanity - Building Homes, Building Families
Around the world, Habitat builds and in some areas renovates homes for families that are living in overcrowded, unsafe or unhealthy living conditions.
Habitat for Humanity of Burke County, NC works with inadequately sheltered families to improve the conditions in which they live. Our Habitat homes are custom built to meet the needs of our homeowners and our homeowners take an active part in the selection of location, finishes and floor plan.
Houses are sold to our homeowners at no profit, with no-interest mortgages which are repaid over a 15 to 25 year period. The local Habitat retains the mortgages and maintains a careful watch over the repayments so that our homeowners are not subject to foreclosure except in the most extreme instances.
Habitat house payments are recycled into the general operating budget and used to build the next generation of homes in Burke County. It is essential to keep building cost very low and this is possible only through the hard work of hundreds of local volunteers. Habitat for Humanity is currently building five new homes in Burke County each year.
Habitat families are carefully qualified and must make a downpayment on their home. They provide hundreds of hours of "sweat equity" working not only on their own home but also on the homes of other Habitat families - often working alongside their new neighbors - before moving into their new home.
Habitat for Humanity of Burke County is a member of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry and contributes financially a portion of local donations to help build Habitat homes around the globe.