Barrow County Habitat for Humanity builds new houses that are sold to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are recycled into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses.
In addition to New Construction, Barrow County Habitat for Humanity operates the following programs locally in Barrow County, Georgia:
- Building a Better Barrow Program – Through this annual program, Barrow County Habitat for Humanity partners with other community groups and faith-based organizations to renovate homes owned by very low to low-income seniors and disabled individuals so they can remain in the homes that are familiar and affordable for them.
- A Brush with Kindness – As part of BCHFH’s broader community development strategy, this program offers a holistic approach that assists communities by revitalizing the appearance of the neighborhood, preserving affordable housing stock, and strengthening community connections with local churches, neighborhood groups, local government agencies, etc. In a five (5) year span, through this program, BCHFH has completed the preservation of seven (7) Habitat Houses for families in need.
- Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative – Through this long-term initiative, Habitat develops partnerships with local neighborhoods to develop a common neighborhood revitalization plan to meet the specific needs of the community. The goal of this program is to spur neighborhood revitalization through energy efficient construction techniques, rehabilitation of vacant and/or foreclosed properties, or weatherization to make the homes more affordable.
In addition to the programs noted above, Barrow County Habitat for Humanity is in the process of developing the following programs:
- Veteran Build – This program will focus on renovating homes for economically disadvantaged veterans located in Winder, Georgia with the assistance of veteran volunteers.
- Deconstruction Program – BCHFH is working to institute a “Deconstruction” Through this program, Habitat will collect used building materials from numerous homes, properties and/or landfills and reuse any appropriate materials in support of its own rehabilitation efforts with the remaining materials to be sold to the general public at discounted prices. The funds received from the resale of the collected items will be used to fund future home building/renovation projects for the programs listed above. This program is targeted to begin early summer.