What does Habitat for Humanity of Wood Countydo?
Habitat for Humanity of Wood County builds decent and affordable homes as well as repairs homes for lower income families, couples and individuals in Wood County. All applicants must be income eligible and meet selection criteria. We are currently building 2-3 homes per year and conducting 3-4 home repair projects.
How can I get involved?
Habitat is funded by donations and supported with a large team of volunteers. We are always in need of individuals willing to pitch in to help a neighbor in need. Visit our How You Can Help section to find out ways to donate or volunteer.
If I were to donate funds, how is my money used?
All cash donations are used where needed most, between operations and program expenses unless restricted towards a specific project or program. Current Administrative costs total $148,000 and are supported by Habitat mortgage income and unrestricted funds. Costs for construction and repair projects are supported through corporate sponsorships, grants and other unrestricted funding.
Are Habitat houses free?
No. In addition to the hundreds of hours of sweat equity that homeowners put into the building of their homes, they purchase their homes through a 0% interest mortgage provided by Habitat, or through a low-interest subsidized USDA Loan.
How are homeowners selected?
Families, couples or individuals in need of decent shelter must apply to the program. The Homeowner Selection Committee assesses each applicant’s level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program and their ability to repay a mortgage loan. Neither race nor religion is a factor in selecting qualified applicants. If interested in applying, please call our office at 419-353-5430 to request an application.
Can I volunteer even if I can’t build?
Yes. Habitat needs volunteers to work on many tasks, including working on a committee tasked with running special events, selecting families, supporting families, providing coffees and lunches at the construction site or working in the office by preparing mailings and other specific projects. Call our office for more information at 419-353-5430.