Scott County Habitat for Humanity wants to make shelter a matter of conscience so that, one day, there will be no more shacks, no run-down government houses, no homeless people sleeping on our city streets. Everybody will have, at least, a simple, decent place to live.
Capital, Not Charity
Houses are built or renovated using as much volunteer labor and donated materials including land as possible. The home is sold to a partner family at a mortgage they can afford. The cost of a house is repaid over a fixed time period; these payments are then recycled to build more houses. The homeowners are required to participate in the construction of their own new home and to help other prospective homeowners build their homes. Partner families are also required to participate in homebuyer classes, financial/budgeting classes, and homeownership classes.
People Helping People
In Habitat for Humanity, building relationships and communities is as important as building homes. Each project attempts to transcend the boundaries of culture, status, and race through the sharing of a common goal. By working together as partners, the affluent and the poor become aware of their common heritage as God's children.
As a grass-roots movement, Habitat for Humanity is decentralized and accepts no government funds. Two types of projects exist - affiliate and sponsored. Scott County Habitat is considered an affiliate. An affiliate project is an autonomous, nonprofit corporation with its own board of directors and committee structure. An affiliate project is largely self-supported from funds raised locally; however, all funds given through the international office designated for an affiliate project are forwarded to that affiliate.
Habitat asks no membership fee nor tax of affiliates, but does expect affiliates to voluntarily tithe to the international program to share their abundance received from God. Tithing is a statement by affiliattes of their solidarity and partnership with less privileged people in developing nations.
Habitat for Humanity International's headquarters in Americus, Georgia, acts as resource center and facilitator for all Habitat work.