Habitat for Humanity offers dignity and hope to the families it partners with by working collaboratively to provide affordable, safe homes.
Lincoln/Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity builds six to eight quality homes at affordable prices, helping more than 24 men, women and children out of substandard, unsafe rental property each year. Stories of families that the Lincoln Habitat affiliate serves are all similar and typical, given the families' low-income status—30-50% median income range. One such story is of a family whose apartment was in such poor condition that continued water damage from an apartment above eventually caused the ceiling in their apartment to crumble and collapse, ruining clothing and furniture. Another family whose rental house with a leak in
the roof that the landlord would not or could not fix, had prompted them to place a children’s blow-up swimming pool on the floor of their living room to catch the water when it rained.
The ultimate goal of Lincoln/Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity is to break the cycle of poverty for the working poor families we partner with by helping them to build equity and responsibility for oneself and their community. Because of Habitat’s not-for-profit loans and because the houses are principally built with volunteer labor, mortgage payments are affordable for low-income partners. Their monthly mortgage payments come back to Habitat for
Humanity and go into a revolving fund to help finance the construction of more houses. Through this approach,
Habitat gives partner families a hand up--restoring the hope and dignity that economic deficiency can strip away. Habitat also provides education programs for our families which include training in household budgeting, insurance and taxes, home maintenance, energy efficiency workshops, and the dangers of predatory lending.
Individuals and organizations
that contribute to a Habitat build have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of ways. Construction volunteers are needed for almost every phase of construction, as well as monetary donations, without which, building materials for construction could not be purchased. Lincoln Habitat has a Site Supervisor, crew leaders, and a large network of regular volunteers who are ready and able to train and supervise all other volunteers. Individuals can also become involved by helping Lincoln Habitat provide community recognition for our contributors through fundraising, public relations and advocacy.
Lincoln/Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity's ultimate goal is to build more houses to help more families in our community. In 2013 our goal is to open a Lincoln ReStore.
Your donation will improve our community in a variety of ways; Through homeownership parents can provide stability for their families and children, feel a sense of dignity and pride,gain health, physical safety and security, and increase their educational and job prospects. Good housing will attract economic investment and development by contributing to thriving school systems and community organizations. Safe homes and neighborhoods help to build social stability and security.
Thank you for being a part of our mission!