Habitat for Humanity International:
Mission: Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.
Vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Habitat for Humanity of Spartanburg:
Mission: Habitat for Humanity of Spartanburg is an ecumenical, Christian ministry that changes lives by building decent, affordable homes in partnership with Spartanburg County families in need.
Vision: A community with no substandard housing.
Since 1987, Habitat Spartanburg has built 118 homes in our community, providing more than 500 families with homes to call their own. Families are selected for the program based on need, income, and willingness to partner with Habitat. After completing financial counseling and 250 hours of "sweat equity," Habitat homeowners receive affordable mortgages with monthly payments averaging $400. Their new Energy Star-certified homes are approximately 1,150 square feet, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. We use only the finest building materials including Architectural shingles and Cemplank (Hardiplank product) siding.
Habitat Spartanburg is also deeply invested in helping partner families succeed in all areas of their lives. In 2011, after close evaluation of Habitat homeowners' needs, we made an effort to strengthen our family services department programs. Habitat Spartanburg now offers our homeowners and their neighbors social services including health screenings, counseling, and job fairs from the very beginning of their paths to homeownership.
Our shift in focus is working. Partner families report significant positive changes to their education, finances, and personal well-being. Habitat homeowners feel safer in their new homes, their children are doing better in school, they feel more connected to their community, they have more disposable income, and they feel more positive about their futures.
Habitat Spartanburg is building stronger families, stronger neighborhoods and a stronger Spartanburg.