Habitat for Humanity of Durham - Youth United
Youth United of Durham mobilizes young people to fully fund and build a home in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Durham and an approved homebuyer. This youth-led initative encourages a diverse group of young people from all over Durham to engage in fundraising, building, educational and avocacy activities in support of affordable housing.
The Partners of Youth United have built 7 homes in Durham, postiviely impacting many families, whole neighborhoods and the entire Durham community. In fiscal year 2014, the youth of Durham raised almost $12,000 for affordable housing. There are over 20 schools, church youth groups, agencies, families and individuals who are known partners with Youth United program of HFHD--WE WANT YOU to join in this incredible annual effort! The ongoing, transformational ripple effects of Habitat's mission are positivley amazing and YOU can join us in helping make the world a better place to live.
Get to know Habitat for Humanity of Durham a little better...
Myth: Habitat gives homes away.
• Habitat builds and sells homes to its approved homeowners. Habitat offers a hand up, not a hand-out. The opportunity is a zero percent interest loan.
Myth: Habitat homeowners can't afford to own their own homes.
• Habitat mortgages are typically $250 less than rental rates! Since the first payment all goes to principle, the Habitat model improves a family's situation from day one.
• Habitat keeps its homes affordable by accepting sweat equity work (usually 250-400 hours) instead of a typical cash down payment; lending mortgage money at zero percent interest; relying on volunteer labor and capital; and building energy efficient green homes.
Myth: Habitat just builds homes.
• Habitat builds beautiful new homes, rehabs existing homes, provides urgent and critical repairs and preventative maintenance repairs for Durham homeowners. We build community and engage thousands of volunteers to Durham's affordable housing needs each year.
Locally, Habitat for Humanity of Durham has been building homes, hope and community since 1985. We are currently building our 300th home this summer. Habitat homeowners family income is between $16,000 and $40,000 (30-60% of Durham's average median income) - families that are hardworking and deserving, but simply do not earn quite enough to be approved for a conventional bank loan. Habitat provides the opportunity for home ownership!
- 35,000 Durham neighbors live in substandard property
- Durham Habitat gets 2,000 inquiries about our homeownership program every year and we receive about 200 completed applications
- We currently have 25 future homeowners on our waiting list. Average wait is 12-16 months.
Visit the Habitat for Humanity of Durham website...www.durhamhabitat.org