Habitat for Humanity Kansas City, Inc.
Rating: 5 stars 1 review
Issues: Homeless & Housing
Location: 1423 East Linwood Boulevard Kansas City MO 64109 USA
Habitat for Humanity Kansas City is the 7th oldest affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International and was founded by John and Mary Pritchard in 1979. Since our inception thirty years ago, Habitat Kansas City has constructed or rehabilitated more than 225 single-family homes in the urban core of Kansas City. For many years, Habitat for Humanity Kansas City’s focus was building houses; however, over the years it has become more and more evident that our focus was limited. While the house is the tangible means to overcoming poverty housing and substandard living conditions, it is not the driving force. To truly have a lasting impact on this issue it takes more than a house. It takes people. Families who have a need and a desire to own their own home, volunteers who are willing and able to help frame the future for these families, and communities willing to contribute resources toward solutions that address the matter as a whole. It is this concept that truly describes the Habitat for Humanity Kansas City of today, and is why in the last few years we have shifted our focus from building houses, to building families.
Programs: We build safe, decent and affordable, energy efficient homes in the urban core of Kansas City, MO. Qualified low income families contribute between 250 hours (for a rehab) and 350 hours (for new construction) of sweat equity which includes education classes, working at the ReStore, volunteering for community organizations and public relations.Volunteers contribute on average 2,500 hours to the construction of each home. This service is valued at nearly $45,000. The program includes acquisition of land, house design, volunteer management, scheduling of subcontractors and landscaping.
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Home is where my Heart is & Habitat for Humanity Kansas City steals my Heart every time! Sometimes I get to paint, lay flooring, put up walls or clean up the houses to get ready for a home owner to move in. The most amazing part is knowing that my hands and labor have helped someone's family become stronger & safer! Helping with Habitat for Humanity KC has also made me recognize coming home to my own surroundings and the blessing I have been bestowed. Some days I am so thankful to be so comfortable and it drives me to work another day with Habitat for Humanity KC to make another families dreams realized, to assure them the same decent & affordable housing! I am so glad Habitat for Humanity Kansas City is there and hope it is never taken for granted!
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