Greene County Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity was established in Greene County, Georgia, in 1996, by John Ludwig. A charter was received from Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) in December of that year, forming Greene County Habitat for Humanity. Habitat volunteers build new homes in partnership with future homeowners, with the support and resources from the entire community, in order to strengthen the community by making safe, decent, and affordable housing available to low-income families.
The first Habitat house in Greene County was built in 1997 and sold to our first homeowner with a 20-year interest-free mortgage. With growing support from the community, through both monetary contributions and volunteer services, a total of 56 homes have been built. Typically, four homes are built each year, continually adding to the total.
Greene County Habitat for Humanity is the largest non-profit residential builder in the Lake Country area. It has attracted approximately 300 volunteers from throughout the area and has obtained support from numerous individuals, churches and businesses, all collaborating together to provide adequate and affordable housing for those in need. The ultimate goal is to end substandard housing within our county. By working together with others in the community, this goal can be achieved.
All Are Welcome
Greene County Habitat for Humanity 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, or political views. Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.
It’s so easy to be stuck in poverty. Some people inherit money, some people inherit houses, some people inherit poverty. To think outside the scope of poverty is hard. So when you have a hand-up, what habitat offers, that hand-up turns out to be a different type of inheritance. You pass along hope.
Jose Tobar, son of a Habitat homeowner