Jackson County Habitat for Humanity Stakeholders:
In 1998, Jackson County Habitat for Humanity built its first home for a deserving family. It took a year and a half to complete the first home. Dedicated volunteers gave countless hours of their time to make the dream of homeownership a reality for the Garrett Family. Our organization is where it is today because of those faithful volunteers that cared deeply for Jackson County. Since that time we have completed sixteen homes in Jackson County and more than twenty Home Preservation projects. For twenty years we have been working with sponsors, volunteers, and donors to make the dream of homeownership reality for many Jackson County residents.
Our mission is simple, to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope. We firmly believe that homeownership and community support can be a catalyst for breaking the cycle of poverty. Each homeowner is required to pay an affordable mortgage, complete financial and life skills classes and their sweat equity hours (working with volunteers to build their own home). This model ensures that our family partners are engaged and taking ownership of their situation. The home or repair is not inherently going to break generational poverty, but it is a vehicle to help create a new and different mindset. One that can change a family and ultimately a community. Please see our post on the difference a stable home makes in the family dynamic HERE
Planning is important. Our board and staff have been planning for the better part of a year. Jackson County is changing and growing and we feel it necessary to grow and change with it. Housing is a huge concern for our population. The ability to obtain and afford decent housing, whether it be rental or purchase. The options are virtually non-existent for low to moderate income individuals. Our goal is to shed light on that but more importantly, offer solutions. We are planning to double our new house production by the end of 2020 as well as incorporate a Home Preservation program to ensure that existing homeowners can live safer in their homes. We have big goals for this organization and this county. These goals will not be possible without the support of our community. It will take a village. It will require time, talent, and treasures. I am confident that Jackson County is ready. Ready to take ownership of our neighbors and build a community that loves each other well.