Affordable, decent housing is one of our most basic human needs, yet it is in alarmingly short supply in our very own neighborhoods and throughout the world. A decent place to call home creates stability, launching families onto a positive trajectory of generational change that includes hope, improved health, and a better quality of life. Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio has spent more than a quarter century bringing the dream of homeownership to families in need.
Working in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat MidOhio’s partners, donors, and volunteers have played a significant role in rekindling hope for more than 340 families living in central Ohio through new home construction and home repairs. Since its founding, Habitat for Humanity International has built more than 800,000 homes, providing shelter for over 1 million people in nearly 80 countries. A new Habitat home is completed somewhere in the world every 21 minutes! Locally, our commitment to central Ohio has grown to include Franklin, Licking, and Madison counties, serving neighborhoods that are in desperate need of revitalization and redevelopment. Recent revitalization and homebuild efforts have included Columbus’ South Side, North & South Linden, Milo Grogan, Franklinton, and within the City of Newark.
Habitat MidOhio offers a program designed to be a hand up, not a hand out, to families in need. Through hard work, commitment, and hundreds of hours of sweat equity, Habitat MidOhio partner families are breaking the cycle of poverty through homeownership and creating a brighter future for their children. Habitat MidOhio is one of the only housing agencies in Franklin, Licking, and Madison Counties targeting first-time homebuyers who earn 30-60% of the area median income. Habitat MidOhio partner families are chosen after a careful review process during which Habitat assesses their need for housing; their ability to repay a zero-interest, no-profit mortgage; and, their willingness to partner with Habitat MidOhio.
Every partner family must perform a minimum of 200-250 hours of sweat equity and attend homeownership and financial literacy classes, all designed to make a successful transition to lifelong homeownership and economic stability. Every family also assumes a no-interest, no-profit mortgage with payments based on family income. These payments help support Habitat MidOhio’s Fund for Humanity which helps new families realize the dream of homeownership. Because Habitat MidOhio holds and services these mortgages, Habitat has a long-term relationship with the homeowners and the communities in which they live.
Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio – Our Vision
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Our Mission Statement
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio brings people together to inspire hope, build homes, empower families, and develop communities.
All are welcome
Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio 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, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair close to 800,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide.
Vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Mission statement: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio ReStores
Also supporting HFHMO are Habitat’s ReStores, retail outlets that accepts and re-sells reusable home improvement materials to the general public. Revenue from sales directly offsets Habitat’s administrative costs and assists in both eliminating substandard housing and creating homeownership opportunities in Central Ohio. Habitat’s ReStores are located at 3140 Westerville Road and at 240 N. Wilson Road. The stores are open to the public Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Donations may be delivered to Habitat’s ReStores until one hour before store closing time.
For more information about Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio and Habitat’s ReStores, please visit www.restoremidohio.org.