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.