About Us

History

Since 1991, through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, the Georgetown affiliate has built 106 homes in Sussex County. 424 people, 145 adults and 279 children now occupy these homes.

Our philosophy is simple: Habitat provides a "Hand-up, not a Hand-out." Families are selected on the basis of the need for housing, ability to pay an affordable mortgage, and their willingness to partner. Homeowner candidates invest hundreds of hours of "sweat equity" by helping to build their own homes and the homes of others. Mortgage payments go into Habitat's "Fund for Humanity" and are used to build more houses with more families in the future.

As proud as we are of these success stories, we are aware that there is so much more to be done. More partner families are waiting for homes than ever and new applications continue to come in every day. We plan to build our next 94 homes within the next 7 years. We have also expanded our major and minor repairs programs to help address the 4,097 substandard housing units identified in Sussex County by the Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) in 2015.  As we kick off our 25th anniversary celebration, we also plan to increase our fundraising and volunteer recruitment efforts to help meet our goals and serve even more families throughout Sussex County.
 



Our Vision

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
 

Our Mission Statement

Seeking to put God's love into action, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.




 

About Sussex County Habitat for  Humanity  

Sussex County Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Sussex County Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.  Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
 

All Are Welcome

Sussex County Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

 

Myths & Facts

Myth: Habitat for Humanity gives houses away to poor people.

Fact: Habitat for Humanity offers affordable homeownership opportunities to families who are unable to obtain conventional house financing. Generally, this includes those who's income is 30 to 60 percent of the area’s median income. Habitat homeowner families pay $2,500 in closing costs, each adult in the household contributes hundreds of hours of “sweat equity” during the construction of their own home or homes of others.
 

Myth: Habitat houses reduce a neighborhood’s property values.

Fact: Housing studies show affordable housing has no adverse effect on neighborhood property values. In fact, Habitat houses have proven to increase property values and local government tax income.


Myth: Habitat homeowners are on welfare.

Fact: While some Habitat homeowners receive Aid to Families with Dependent Children, many more are working people. Typically their annual income is less than half the local area median income in their community.


Myth: You have to be Christian to become a Habitat homeowner.

Fact: Habitat homeowners are chosen without regard to race, religion, gender, age, or ethnicity in keeping with U.S. law and with Habitat’s abiding belief that God’s love extends to everyone. Habitat also welcomes volunteers from all faiths, or no faith, who actively embrace Habitat’s goal of eliminating poverty housing from the world.


Myth: Habitat for Humanity International dictates policy and practices for every local Habitat organization.

Fact: Local Habitat Affiliates like ours are independent, nonprofit organizations that operate within a specific service area within the framework of the Habitat Affiliate Covenant.


Myth: Habitat for Humanity is an arm of the government.

Fact: Habitat for Humanity is not an arm of the government. Habitat is an independent, nonprofit organization that accepts some government funds and other resources to help provide houses for those in need. We accept these funds as long as they do not limit our ability to demonstrate the love and teachings of Jesus Christ. Additionally, our local affiliates insert specific guidelines as needed to avoid becoming dependent on or controlled by government funders.


Myth: Habitat for Humanity was founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

Fact: President Carter is actually our most famous volunteer, not our founder. Habitat was started in 1976 in Americus, Georgia by the late Millard Fuller and his wife Linda. President Carter and his wife Rosalynn (whose home is eight miles from Americus, in Plains, Georgia), have been longtime Habitat supporters and volunteers who help bring national attention to the organization’s work. Each year, they lead the Jimmy Carter Work Project to help build houses and raise awareness of the need for affordable housing.

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