As the nights grow colder, we can enjoy the warmth and comfort of our homes. Unfortunately, many of our neighbors in Scott County and across the nation do not have this luxury. Their homes not only lack proper insulation to keep out the cold air but also sufficient roofs and wiring.
The National Center for Healthy Housing estimates that 5.7 million U.S. families live in such substandard housing, defined as “housing conditions that cause significant illness, injury and deaths.”
The Habitat for Humanity concept is simple but effective. Through the use of volunteer labor and donated materials, construction costs are kept low. With respect to Scott County, Habitat homes cost about $80,000 to build.
However, these homes are not simply given away. Partner families are selected based on their need, their dedication to partnering with SCHFH and their ability to pay back a zero-interest loan for the appraised value of the home. Mortgage payments go toward construction of future homes.
The partnership between homeowners and Habitat builds through hundreds of hours of “sweat equity” that each homeowner earns through working on his/her own or another Habitat house.
This initiative cannot be done alone. While it is important and encouraged to help build adequate housing for those in need, we must also consider looking further into this problem and seek to resolve the issues that lead to homelessness.
Visit Habitat for Humanity’s advocacy website (http://www.habitat.org/gov) to learn more about what you might do to support affordable housing worldwide. This is a quick and easy way to get involved with HFH and show your support.
In 1995, Georgetown College started its own chapter of Habitat for Humanity, which continues to work in partnership with the Scott County affiliate. This weekend, the 20th Annual Habitat Classic basketball tournament, sponsored by Toyota Tsusho, will be played in Alumni gym.
Everyone is encouraged to come out and support both the Lady Tigers and HFH by attending. Games will be played at 6 and 8 p.m. on Friday night, and 2 and 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Tigers will open their season against Taylor University in the 8 p.m. game on Friday evening, and will take on the College of the Ozarks on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.
Thanks to a grant from our campus SGA, the first 100 students in attendance will get into the tournament free of charge. Volunteers and fans are welcome.
If you would like to get involved with Habitat for Humanity, please contact our chapter President, Ashley Fox (afox2).
Our chapter works with SCHFH to eliminate substandard housing in Scott County. We welcome any level of participation. See our newest Facebook page, “GC – Habitat for Humanity,” to see upcoming events, photos and more.
Submitted by Georgetown College Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity