NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION (NR)
Greenwood Area Habitat's Neighborhood Revitalization program aims to broaden the work of Habitat for Humanity into the neighborhoods in which we build – beautifying parks and gardens, renovating community assets like schools and community centers and delivering critical home repairs to improve the health, safety and well-being of residents in our focus neighborhood the Westside community.
Internationally & Nationally…
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian organization founded in 1976 by successful Georgia lawyer, Millard Fuller. In it's most recent fiscal year (2013), Habitat International served nearly 1.6 million people - an estimated 300,000 families now live in decent, affordable housing and have a stronger foundation on which to build better lives. This means Habitat has partnered with more than 1 million families since its founding in 1976.
Habitat for Humanity teaches the theology of the hammer as a means to put aside our differences and to work in partnership with one another. This theology is about bringing a wide diversity of people, churches, and other organizations together to build houses and establish viable and dynamic communities. It acknowledges that differences of opinion exist on numerous subjects—politics, philosophy, and theology—but that we can find common ground in using a hammer as an instrument to manifest God’s love. Even though there may be strong differences on all sorts of things, we can agree on the imperative of the Gospel to serve others in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
WHO WE ARE
In 1988, Tom Bryson, a retired county agent, collaborating with local citizens applied for and was granted affiliation. Since that time, Greenwood Area Habitat for Humanity (GAHFH) has served 81 families, built 72 new homes and rehabilitated 4 more. Using volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, GAHFH constructs these homes with the help of partner families.
Currently, the hard costs of our average home is $60,000, which includes the cost of the lot. Once the homes are built, they are SOLD to partner families at no profit and are financed with affordable, zero-interest loans at terms of 20 years. As our partner families make monthly mortgages payments, the funds are used to finance our local “Fund for Humanity” to build even more homes. In addition to the mortgage payments, we also receive funding from a wide variety of sources: churches, industry, businesses, the SC State Housing Authority, and individual donations.