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Since 1991, through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, the Georgetown affiliate has built 174 homes in Sussex County. 645 people, 145 adults and 420 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.
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.