Mission: We partner with hard-working people in our community to build, renovate and preserve homes. Our model is designed to prepare families to be successful, self-reliant homeowners. Families who partner with us are required to invest 250-400 hours of sweat equity building their homes and their neighbors' homes alongside volunteers. They also must complete 40 hours of classes in financial literacy and home maintenance before purchasing their homes from habitat on a zero percent mortgage. We also advocate for policies that support affordable housing because of the critical role it plays in a family's future success.
Programs: 1. Ten families worked alongside volunteers to build safe, affordable homes they purchased on zero percent interest mortgages. Through our homeownership program, these families - which include 18 children - achieved stability and independence. New construction and home repairs were concentrated in area in northeast wichita marked by blight, making use of existing infrastructure and supporting community revitalization. 2. Through our comprehensive education program, we worked to ensure that families who partnered with us learned about money management, the home buying process and home maintenance. In addition to educating habitat program participants, we educated others in our community about the value of affordable homeownership and its relationship to improved health, education and employment opportunities. Our general homeownership information meetings were attended by 355 people in search of more affordable housing options in sedgwick county.