IS HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF TOWNS/UNION COUNTIES?
We are a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. We
seek to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness in Towns
and Union Counties and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience
and action. Habitat invites people from all walks of life to
work together in partnership to help build houses with families
in need. In 2006, we built our sixth house and have provided
thirty people with
safe, decent affordable shelter.
DID HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF TOWNS/UNION BEGIN?
The idea for our local affiliate began when a group of Young
Harris College students went to Asheville to build a house.
Then in 1995, a group of Towns and Union Counties' residents
began the process of applying to Habitat for Humanity International
for affiliate recognition. The official recognition came
DOES IT WORK?
Through volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money and materials,
Habitat builds simple decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner)
families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit, financed
with affordable, no-interest loans.
The homeowners' monthly mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity
that is used to build more houses. We carry out the mission of Habitat at the
community level by raising the funds and organizing the volunteers used to construct
houses on the local level.
Habitat is not a give-away program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly
mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor--sweat
equity--into building their house and the houses of others.
AND MANAGES HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF TOWNS/UNION COUNTIES?
An ecumenical Board of Directors determines policy and oversees and guides the
mission of our affiliate. Board members are dedicated volunteers who are deeply
concerned about the problems of poverty housing in our area.
Current Board of Directors Habitat
for Humanities Town/Union Counties, Inc.
President - Ray Taylor
Vice President - Joe Scerbo
Treasurer - Bill O'Harrow
Secretary - Carli DeGolyer
Chair - Larry Mancini
Jimmie Sue Easter
Mary Lynne Kimsey
HABITAT WORK WITH THE GOVERNMENT?
Our affiliate does not accept government funds for the construction of new houses.
We will accept government funds for the acquisition of land and funding for streets,
utilities and administrative expenses, so long as the funds have no conditions
that would violate Habitat's principles or limit our ability to proclaim our