Chatham Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with God and people to create self-help opportunities for families to own affordable homes, improve their lives, and strengthen their communities.
Habitat relies on the volunteer efforts and donations of individuals, businesses, faith groups, foundations, communities, and other networks to meet our mission. Funds are also raised through revenue from two resale stores which sell donated household furnishings and building supplies.
Qualifying homeowners work alongside volunteers and staff, contributing 350 hours of "sweat equity" before their homes are completed. They also attend classes that prepare them for successful homeownership. Habitat then sells them their house with an affordable, zero percent interest mortgage, making a 20-year commitment to each new homeowner and the community where they live. House payments are recycled to build more Habitat houses.
In summary, we coordinate all aspects of Habitat home building in our local area – fundraising, land acquisition, site selection, partner family selection and support, house construction, and mortgage servicing.