The charity was founded on this project in 1996, and it’s worth us looking back to see what we have learned from our experience. 16 three-bed homes were built over 3 phases with the final block in Habitat Close completed in 2005. As well as benefitting from corporate volunteering, all the homes were built using the traditional Habitat for Humanity model of ‘sweat equity’ – the future owners gave 500 hours of their own time to invest into the project.
This ‘sweat equity’ approach builds community whilst the development is taking place and the benefits of this for the longer term have been evident there. As HFH Homes have administered the interest-free mortgages, we have had an ongoing relationship with the community and seen some significant outcomes including:
- A stronger sense of community and neighbourhood cohesion
- Better maintenance and care of property and environment
- Sense of ‘ownership’ and longer-term stability for the development
- Affordable solution for lower-income families
- ‘A hand-up rather than a hand-out’ – all the families have been able to improve their life prospects as a result of having a more stable, affordable home.
You can learn more about this project from the following video link: http://youtu.be/VaQ4QJ_aCxM