Through volunteer labor, management expertise and tax-deductible donations of money and material, Habitat builds homes with the help of the homeowners. Houses are sold at no profit to partner families, and non-interest mortgages are issued over a fixed period. The mortgage payments are deposited into a revolving “Fund for Humanity” which supports the construction of more houses.
Habitat is not a giveaway program. It’s a “Hand Up” not a “Hand Out”. Each homeowner family is required to invest a minimum of 250 “sweat equity” hours into the construction of their home. This reduces the cost of the house, increases the pride of ownership among family members and fosters the development of positive relationships with other people.
Since 1997, Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick County has been able to provide 49 partner families locally and 31 globally the opportunity to own a simple, decent, affordable home of their own and to build a foundation of hope and a positive productive future.
Continuing a commitment to green and sustainable construction, in 2012 work has been completed on a rehab project in Winchester, and in partnership with the Top of Virginia Building Association the week of June 4-8, a 900 sq. ft. home in the Shawneeland development was built as a 5 day Builder Blitz. Currently volunteers are working to complete additional rehab projects on Belleview Ave. and Chase St. all of which qualify to be EarthCraft certified.