Warren County Habitat For Humanity
The Warren County Habitat For Humanity Chapter has worked tirelessly the past 20 years in an effort to “build basic, safe, low-cost housing for those who might not otherwise be able to afford adequate housing in our County”. 14 homes have been completed since 1998 and the 15th home is slated for completion before the end of 2015.
Habitat For Humanity finds people who are unable to purchase their own home through conventional methods, then works with them to build a new home for their family. These homes are frequently built on lots that might otherwise sit empty, relies on volunteer labor, requires the new owner to invest their own ‘sweat equity’ into the construction phase of the process and subsequently enter into a loan agreement with the Chapter to repay the cost of materials, usually at little or no interest.
What happens next? The family is able to live in an affordable home, pay taxes to the community and learn to budget, pay bills and become successful in their own way. Finally, as the family repays the loan, the money goes back into the Chapter’s general budget and is used to build the next home.
The need for affordable housing continues to grow at a faster pace because of the appreciation in home values over the same 20 year time period. Warren County Habitat For Humanity works completely from donations, much of it coming from businesses, individuals, churches, civic organizations, foundations and grants. The fact is, today it cost almost $90,000 to build a modest home in Warren County, not including labor.
Warren County Habitat For Humanity has started a fundraising campaign to raise $60,000 by the end of 2015. The purpose is to have enough funds in place to begin construction of the 16th home in Warren County early in 2016.
You are invited to visit the Chapter’s Facebook page, like the page and follow their efforts to provide affordable housing in Warren County Iowa. If you as an individual or as a business are asked to support the local Chapter, don’t hesitate. More and more families have become eligible for assistance in the past eight years increasing the need for more homes in our local communities.