"To educate the campus and local community about affordable housing issues and the work of Habitat for Humanity, to build and rehabilitate houses in partnership with Habitat affiliates and homeowners, and to raise funds for Habitat."
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We hold general meetings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month in Coffman Memorial Union, Saturday builds (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) in the Twin Cities area, fundriasers, & other events throughout the semester. At meetings we host speakers, do a variety of Habitat advocacy work, and learn about housing issues.
We also have winter and spring break trips to various places in the continental United States. The continental U.S. trips usually cost around $450 and last about one week. Past trips have gone to Florida, South Carolina, Louisiana, Texas and many more. Sign-ups take place in late September for winter break trips and the end of January for spring break trips. Members will be able to register one week early for all trips.
Habitat for Humanity is an international organization founded by Millard Fuller and his wife, Linda, in 1976. The reason for starting the non-profit organization was to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness worldwide as well as to educate people about decent, affordable housing. Today, Habitat has provided over 1.5 million people safe, decent, and affordable housing. (www.habitat.org)
To make a Habitat home, volunteer labor as well as monetary and material donations are needed. Volunteers and future Habitat homeowners work side by side, since Habitat does not give away homes, but rather helps those people who slip through the cracks. "Habitat affiliates choose homeowners based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program, and their ability to repay the loan." (www.habitat.org) Homeowners are expected to complete a homeowner's education program in addition to 300-500 hours of sweat equity.
Habitat also emphasizs the importance of finances to Habitat homeowners, who pay monthly mortgage rates based on their income, which are then used to build more Habitat homes. Habitat homes can be sold to homeowners at no profit and financed with affordable loans.
For more information on Habitat for Humanity International, visit www.habitat.org
Information about the Twin Cities Habitat Affiliate and programs can be found at www.tchabitat.org