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Mission: To build homes, communities, and hope

Vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live

“We have to watch our language. The language reflects our attitude so lets be sure people understand that we’re not ‘doing for,’ but ‘doing with.’ If we build houses for people we risk taking away their dignity, their self-respect. If we build houses with people, in a spirit of partnership, we allow them to enhance the self-respect they already have.” -Rev. Branch, Habitat for Humanity International Member 1987

 

What is Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester?

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester was founded in 1985 by local activists who identified the need for affordable housing opportunities in the Greater Worcester area and were committed to engaging groups of community stakeholders in solving the affordable housing problem. In 2007 we merged with the MetroWest affiliate to become Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester. Habitat offers an opportunity for community residents to partner with families in need of housing, to work side-by-side with volunteers to build homes. Click here to learn more about us!

Can we refer to Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester as simply Habitat for Humanity?

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. While we believe in a universal mission, vision, and process each affiliate operates slightly different. Find out more about Operation Playhouse, one program that makes us a very unique affiliate! Or, visit www.habitat.org/local to take part in unique builds with affiliates across the globe.

Does Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester give houses to poor people?

Habitat houses are not given to anyone. Habitat for Humanity builds houses with people in need of affordable housing and then sells the homes to families with 0% interest rate mortgages. Homes are built generously through volunteer labor and donated goods allowing them to be sold at affordable rates based on income. These homes are sold to families living within 30 and 60% of the Area Median Income who are willing and able to become homeowners, partner with habitat, and provided 400-500 hours of “sweat equity” working on their homes, or another Habitat project. Our program is designed to provide housing options to those who do not qualify for conventional mortgages, while providing support systems to help families help themselves. To find out more about our selection process click here.

Does Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester build fancy new houses for people in poverty?

Any newly built home is a dramatic change for a family that has been living in sub-standard housing. But Habitat homes are not extravagant by any standard. Habitat’s philosophy is to build simple, decent homes. Our design criteria requires that living space in a three-bedroom home is not to exceed 1,050 square feet. For more information about the homes built by Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester click here.

Are all Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester homeowners on welfare?

While some Habitat homeowners do receive public assistance, most work at low-wage jobs. Habitat works in good faith with people, knowing that owning a home is not the answer to every problem but that it can be an important step, often the first step, toward helping people break out of the cycle of poverty. Our motto is to provide a hand up, not a hand out. In fact, a cost-benefit analysis indicates that the 220 Habitat homeowners in Minnesota could be using anywhere from $6 million to $9 million less in government assistance annually.

Are Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester homeowners allowed to sell their houses and make a large profit because of the original low cost?

Our homes are sold with a “first buy-back option” clause. This ensure that our homeowners agree to offer Habitat the first chance to buy back their home if they decide to sell it. Habitat generally takes this offer so that the home can be sold to another partner family, thus remaining affordable housing indefinitely.

Do you have to be a Christian to become a Habitat homeowner?

Habitat for Humanity was founded as and remains a Christian organization. Homeowners are chosen without regard to race, creed, or nationality, following the requirements of the law as well as Habitat’s belief that our community includes everyone. Habitat also welcomes volunteers from all faiths, or no faith, who actively embrace the goal of eliminating poverty housing from the world.

Was Habitat for Humanity International started by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter?

Habitat for Humanity International was started in Americus, GA., in 1976 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife Linda. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, are longtime Habitat supporters and volunteers who help bring national and international attention to the organization’s home building work. They lead the annual Jimmy Carter work project to help build houses and raise awareness of the need for affordable housing.

Explore the map below to see where we’ve built past, present, and future!

We are actively seeking land for future building projects. Our greatest challenge is finding property on which we can build homes. Please contact us if you have a lot you are interested in donating to us. Gifts of property are tax deductible.

Ashland, Auburn, Barre, Boylston, Brookfield, Charlton, Douglas, Dudley, East Brookfield, Framingham, Grafton, Holden, Holliston, Hopkinton, Leicester, Marlborough, Millbury, Natick, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Northborough, Northbridge, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Rutland, Sherborn, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Sudbury, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, Wayland, Webster, West Boylston, West Brookfield, Westborough, and Worcester

Have more questions? We’re happy to help!

Call 508-799-9259 or email Office@Habitatmwgw.org
11 Distributor Road | Worcester, MA | 01605
Open: Monday through Friday 9am-5pm

 

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