The Issue: Expense of Building a New Habitat House
When embarking on the path toward a new home, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity homebuyers are responsible for the costs of the land, site development, and construction materials. They take out a 30-year, no-interest mortgage through Atlanta Habitat that averages between $95,000 and $120,000. These low-income families are starting on the path toward self-sufficiency by working with Atlanta Habitat, so every dollar they can save on their loans is money they can put toward food, clothing, and energy bills.
The Campaign: Funding Light Fixtures for New Homes
If 50 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Atlanta Habitat for Humanity can provide all the necessary light fixtures for two new homes. Each home requires 10–12 indoor and outdoor fixtures to illuminate the rooms and help keep the surrounding property safe at night. Adding the light fixtures will also help lower the overall total of the 30-year, no-interest mortgage that families take out for their Atlanta Habitat homes. Each additional $25 raised will fund another light fixture for a new home.
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Atlanta Habitat for Humanity
Atlanta Habitat for Humanity was established in 1983, and is now one of the biggest Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the United States. The organization serves as the largest affordable single-family housing developer in Atlanta. As part of its efforts to eliminate substandard housing and improve access to adequate, affordable housing, Atlanta Habitat partners with working families, communities, and sponsors to build affordable, quality homes that meet green-building standards. Atlanta Habitat builds energy-efficient houses using Green Advantage construction procedures to help lower costs for homeowners while also benefiting the environment.
Along with maintaining relationships with its homeowners—starting from the application process and ending when the no-interest mortgage is paid off—Atlanta Habitat helps families to complete 250 hours of sweat equity—the volunteer time required of those who buy Habitat homes—as well as classes and other homeownership requirements.