About Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity
Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that builds simple, decent homes to sell to families in need. We use volunteer labor and charitable gifts to ensure our homes are affordable to low income families in Wyoming Valley.
Habitat families are selected based on level of need, willingness to become partners in the Habitat program, and ability to repay a no-interest, 20-year mortgage. Mortgage payments are ‘recycled’ to help build more homes for other qualified families. Habitat selects families without regard to race, religion, or national origin.
Families who purchase Habitat homes invest at least 300 hours of ‘sweat equity’ volunteer labor. Ideally, they work on their own homes by building walls, painting, installing windows or other work related to their skill levels. Many community members also volunteer their time. Some are skilled professionals, many are not. By keeping labor costs down, Habitat is able to keep selling costs low. An average Habitat house for a family of four in the United States is 1100 square feet, has 3 bedrooms, and costs $55,000 to build.
Since 1992, WVHFH has completed 19 houses that provide affordable homes for families in our area. We are a Christian ministry dedicated to working with the entire community, including businesses, congregations, schools, individuals and our partner families.
A Habitat for Humanity Home is a hand up, not a hand out.
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