Case Study: Habitat For Humanity

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Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International partners with various local organizations. Created by the Fullers in 1976, it was meant to be a way to reduce poverty housing in America. While the original Habitat for Humanity was Christian, the organization has grown in its acceptance of all faiths. Also, companies send people to volunteer at Habitat so that they are involved with their community. This is important since it raises awareness about the needs of society and has people understand the reality of the world around them. In terms of homebuilders in America, Habitat is the 6th largest. Habitat for Humanity Tucson has built more than four-hundred houses in thirty-six years. “After Hurricane Katrina, Habitat for Humanity was the
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These applicants must make in between a certain amount of money based on national standards for the amount of people who are in the family unit in order to qualify. Some of the other requirements are that they could not “have owned a house before nor could they have been bankrupt in the past three years” (Brooke 135). In addition, they must also be willing to partner with Habitat and have a good “Habitude” as the staff calls it. A committee checks the living situations of everyone who applies and chooses those who fit the proper categories. “Habitat houses are usually 1,300 square feet, three bedrooms, 1 ¾ bath, but 1,500 square feet, four bedroom houses can be made to accommodate bigger families” (Hard and Hernandez). For every adult that will be living in the house, they need to complete 250 hours of “sweat equity,” seventy-five percent of which needs to be completed on the construction site. These hours are what really help the future homeowners since building the house would show them what to do in case the house sustains damage from a storm or tree.¬¬ Since many of these homeowners may not be able to afford the rates contractors request, this not only allows them to make house repairs, but feel good about themselves on account of the fact that they did so, rather than someone else. Consequently, the applicants who turn into homeowners are not only able…show more content…
With Habitat houses, the location is where land is available for private housing. This is important since the house are for people to own, not rent. Studies have shown that people who “own houses rather than rent apartments are happier in life” (Suen 50). Since many applicants live in apartments, this is a positive change for them. Habitat sometimes buys land where houses were started, but not completed. In these cases, Habitat finishes the started houses, and they are built to Habitat standards in regards to energy efficiency. Habitat families are then put into these houses. Then, Habitat uses the rest of the land to build their houses. Through the creation of these houses, the future homeowners meet each other, thus creating a strong community. “Strong communities tend to keep crime out” (Fuller and Scott 78), and since some people apply for Habitat houses due to unsafe neighborhoods in addition to economic need, their fears can be set aside. This allows people to enjoy their new home, as they would not have to fear that someone would break into their house if they were gone. However, sometimes the location of Habitat houses is inconvenient. The applicants are unable to choose where their house is built, so it may be on the other side of the city from where they work. Nevertheless, they would own a house, and thus, having a stable address could make it “entirely possible that they would change jobs to a location
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