Home is more than just a place to live.
Every parent, every person, should have the decent shelter they need to thrive. The families who partner with Habitat for Humanity to build and improve places to call home come from a variety of backgrounds and are selected at a local level.
The basis for a family's selection is their level of need for better housing, their willingness to partner with us and work alongside volunteers, and their ability to pay an affordable mortgage.
Families may find themselves in need of decent shelter due to a variety of circumstances — unpredictable rent increases, overcrowded living conditions, damaged or dilapidated structures, unsafe neighborhoods, or lack of access to land and affordable financing.
When families partner with Habitat, they start down a new path — one with far fewer barriers to a better, healthier, more financially stable life.
Habitat homeowners play a hands-on role in the homeownership process, beginning with the sweat equity hours they perform. To fulfill sweat equity hours, they work alongside volunteers to help build and renovate the places they will call home. Some also work toward this requirement by putting in time at their local Habitat ReStore, while others may serve on committees or help out in their local Habitat office. Future homeowners are also required to attend financial education and budget-planning classes.
Habitat and the families who partner with us understand that a home is a far-reaching investment. A home is a strong foundation on which the families who partner with Habitat can grow and thrive.
When a family makes their last mortgage payment, it is a celebration for both the family and for all of us at Sumter Habitat for Humanity. There is no better testimony that we are successfully fulfilling our mission than homeownership. To us, the best kind of confetti is that of a ripped up satisfied mortgage. Sumter Habitat for Humanity is proud to say that we have had four families who paid off their affordable mortgages in 2021.