Approximately 1/3 of the nation has housing problems, including overcrowding, homelessness, unsafe conditions, and lack of affordability. As of January 2012, the US Census Bureau reports that 10.3% of people in Virginia live below the poverty threshold. This is an estimated 800,000 people. In Fredericksburg, 17.6% live below the poverty threshold, totaling an estimated 4,274 people.
The Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity addresses the housing issue by:
Building Dignity: Habitat builds houses alongside families who demonstrate a need and willingness to partner with our organization. Families invest hundreds of hours of their “sweat-equity” labor into the houses. Their monthly mortgage payments help fund the construction of more houses.
Building Relationships: Modeled on biblical principles, Habitat’s solution to the challenge of substandard housing is to invite individuals from different backgrounds to find common ground through service.
Building Community: As people join together to work side by side on Habitat build sites, bonds of friendship and unity are forged between homeowners, neighbors, and volunteers.