Why should I get involved
For the family!
- Habitat for Humanity believes everyone deserves a safe, decent place to live! If you agree, get involved!
- Habitat homes are a hand up, not a hand out! We don’t give homes away. Partner families purchase Habitat homes at no profit to the organization. Mortgages are interest free. Read more about family requirements under “Become a Habitat homeowner.”
For the children!
- Children’s academic performance increases when living in a safe, decent home. Children are more likely to “break the poverty cycle” as they become adults due to increased opportunities for success from living in a safe, stable environment. Over 75 children in Marion County, Iowa, have been housed by Habitat for Humanity of Marion County, Inc.
- Students are learning to build houses with the help of Habitat. We have partnerships with the Construction Trades classes at the Knoxville High School and Pella Community High School.
For the community and local economy!
- Habitat homeowners are more likely to decrease their use of public assistance after becoming a homeowner. A study by The University of Southern Indiana (Aug. 29, 2008) found a 35% decrease in the use of Food Stamps and a 23% decrease in the use of Welfare Assistance after becoming Habitat homeowners.
- Habitat homeowners pay property tax, which support the local community. Last year, Habitat homeowners in Marion County, Iowa, paid $22,978 in property tax.
- Habitat mortgages are often less than what people were previously paying in rent; therefore, homeowners have more disposable income to spend in the local community, which will also stimulate the economy.
- Habitat homeowners often feel a sense of community after purchasing a Habitat house. They often start volunteering in their local communities, serving on PTA’s, teaching Sunday School, volunteering their time to build additional Habitat houses, among other things.
- Become involved with Habitat and you’ll see what we mean! The feeling of pride and accomplishment is huge when you become involved with building a home for someone in need.