Building Strength, Stability and Self-Reliance through Shelter
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Habitat for Humanity of South Collin County (Habitat-SCC) is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Habitat-SCC is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
Habitat-SCC has completed 390 home construction and repair projects since 1998 in southern Collin County. 88 of these projects were construction of new, safe and affordable houses, transforming the lives of 280 deserving family members, including 161 children. Every new house constructed has a Home Energy Rating of 5-Stars costing approximately $75,000, not including the cost of land. Homeowner Families’ mortgage payments and Home Repair Families’ payments are used to build more Habitat houses. Our Habitat Homeowner Families have paid more than $520,000 in property taxes to Collin County, the cities and schools.
Our service area includes Plano, Wylie, Allen, Fairview, Saint Paul, Murphy, Lucas, Parker, Lowry Crossing, Trinity Park, and the rural areas of south Collin County, Texas.
The business, civic, educational, and faith community of South Collin County has supported our mission of eliminating substandard housing through financial and volunteer contributions. The mounting NEED for decent affordable housing continues to outpace current contributions. Deserving families are waiting two years plus for their homes to be built.
How does it work?
Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates safe, decent houses with the help of the homeowners (Homeowner Families). Habitat houses are sold to Homeowner Families at no profit, financed on a no interest loan. The Homeowner Families’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build and repair more Habitat houses.
Habitat offers a hand-up, not a hand-out, to low-income working families who have:
- A Need for a safe and affordable home
- The Ability to Pay an interest free mortgage averaging $550 per month – Family income of 25%-60% area median income
- The Willingness to Partner in the construction – Partner Families invest 400 sweat equity hours building their Habitat house and the houses of other Habitat Homeowner Families.
Collin County Property Taxes Paid by Habitat-SCC Homeowner Families
2015 – $71,000
Overall – $520,000
How are Homeowner Families selected?
Hard-working, low-income families in need of decent, affordable homes apply with our Habitat-SCC affiliate. Our family selection committee chooses homeowners based on their willingness to partner with sweat equity labor and ability to repay the loan.
What is the importance of safe, decent, and stable housing?
Through shelter, we empower families in need of decent, affordable housing with the opportunity of a brighter future for themselves in our community. Habitat has shown that building homes does more than put a roof over someone’s head. In safe, decent stable housing:
- Families can provide stability for their children
- A family’s sense of dignity and pride grow
- Health, physical safety, and security improve
- Educational and job prospects increase
What does it cost to build a Habitat house in South Collin County?
A 1,200-1,350 square foot, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 5-Star Home Energy Star Rated house cost approximately $75,000, not including the cost of land.
What difference can you make?
Housing problems have far-reaching consequences. The high cost of housing leaves low-income families little money for other basic necessities like food, clothing, or healthcare. Substandard housing can endanger the health and safety of its occupants, erode their hope and self-worth, and impair their children’s ability to succeed in school. Support from businesses, the faith community, schools, local leaders, and individuals help people right here in our community to break the cycle of poverty and hopelessness.
Partners / Sponsors
Partnership opportunities are available and needed including full and partial house sponsorships, home repair and preservation projects, event sponsorships and numerous opportunities for individual involvement ($500 – $100,000). Partnerships are for those who want real results where we unite to achieve a tangible impact in our simple yet extraordinary mission. When you partner with Habitat for Humanity, you are aligning with one of the most powerful brands in the world.
Second year in a row.
All are welcome
Habitat-SCC has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.
Habitat for Humanity International
Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide.
Habitat for Humanity has more than 1,500 local affiliates in the United States (10 in North Texas and 80 in all of Texas) and more than 80 national organizations around the world. Habitat for Humanity is a true world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing.