"Not only are we changing peoples’ lives, but our local
affiliate is so incredible at what it does it is an honor to be a part of that
group." – Aaron Stolberg, WS Homes, Inc. owner and Habitat donor/volunteer
In Monroe County, Indiana, a person earning minimum wage must work 72 hours every week of the year to afford a two-bedroom apartment. In a county where 1 in 5 people are living in poverty, unaffordable housing holds our community back from being a place that families can call “Home.”
Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County’s mission is to eliminate poverty housing by building simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with qualifying families. Habitat homeowners pay interest-free, no-profit mortgages, which are used to build more Habitat houses. Because houses are principally built with volunteer labor, mortgage payments are affordable for low-income partners.
Habitat qualifying families, or partner families, are selected based on their need for housing, ability to repay the no-interest mortgage and willingness to partner with Habitat by earning 250 hours of “sweat equity” or volunteer time. Through the work of thousands of volunteers and organizations, Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County has built more than 130 homes.
Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County was founded in 1988 and operated entirely by volunteers until 1997. After more than 20 years and 130 homes built, Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County maintains a less than 1 percent foreclosure rate. Now the affiliate has more than 10 full-time staff, three AmeriCorps members, a ReStore discount home improvement store, and housed more than 360 people. Construction for the affiliate’s first neighborhood, Cedar Chase, began in 2008 on Bloomington’s southwest side and will be home to more than 30 families once complete.
Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people from all faiths and walks of life to work together in partnership, building houses with families in need. Habitat for Humanity International has grown to more than 2,100 affiliates in more than 100 countries, including all 50 US states.