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Families should not have to live in poverty housing. Habitat for Humanity provides a "hand up" for families needing simple, decent and affordable homes. 681 Douglas County families have found home ownership through Lawrence Habitat for Humanity. It works!
Habitat for Humanity is in the business of building homes in partnership with families in need. It is a partnership that brings these families together with people committed to making poverty housing unnecessary. We build together, and then the family buys the home.
In partnership with volunteers and with Habitat for Humanity, families build their own simple, decent homes. A typical family is required to put 450 hours of work, mostly on their home but also on other Habitat homes. We call that "sweat equity," an investment that they earn through a lot of hard work.
Each homeowner family then buys the home. It becomes affordable, because it is sold for the cost of materials, with the benefit of volunteer labor, on a mortgage with no interest. The money goes back into a revolving fund for future homeowners.