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  • Every Volunteer

    Every volunteer can advocate and help more families build strength, stability, and independence.

    Volunteers, partners, and donors are the backbone of our organization. Without people like you, the reality of owning a home would be a distant dream for many of the families we help every day. Even if you’ve never used a hammer before, you can help play a crucial role in our worthwhile and rewarding endeavor to build homes for families looking to improve their living conditions as well as their overall life. Take a moment to think about how you can be the difference maker in someone else’s life by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.

  • Every home can bring hope to a family.

    This is the home of our newest homeowner, Rosanny. Rosanny worked diligently in the Habitat Homeownership Program in order to provide a home for herself and her two daughters, Anali and Leanna. After volunteering at the Habitat Office, helping construct her own home, participating in homeowner education and taking financial classes, her hard work has finally paid off.

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  • ReStore

    Refresh. Renew. ReStore.

    The money raised by Habitat for Humanity ReStores helps families build a decent and affordable place to call home. When the items you donate to ReStore are sold, the money helps families achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better future. Best of all, proceeds from the sale of these donated goods help families build a foundation for their future. We accept new and gently used appliances, furniture, building materials, household goods and more from individuals and companies.

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What We Do

On April 18, 1991, a group of interested citizens attended an organizational meeting at the main branch of the Lincoln County Library, taking the first step in becoming Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County.

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

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    Kris Fountain, Executive Director

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    Faith Barnes, Office Manager

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Meet Our Homeowners

Our homeowners each have a story to tell. Many of them have struggled during their lives, but are looking to get back on the path to a stable family life by educating themselves, putting in some hard work, and helping to create a safe and stable home for their entire family. Our homeowners are truly admirable people. The faith and love that they pour into their home during our homeownership process is amazing. Click the button below to read more about our homeowners.

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Beneficial Impacts of Homeownership: A Research Summary

Home OwnershipHomeownership is a crucial foundation for helping low-income families find a path out of poverty. When they move out of substandard housing and into simple, decent, affordable homes, homeowners and their families frequently improve their health, educational attainment, safety
and personal wealth.

“A quality home is more than just a roof and walls,” said Renée Glover, chair of Habitat for Humanity International’s board of directors. “It provides homeowners with feelings of stability and pride, as well as generating measureable results such as decreased doctor visits and increased high school
graduation rates.

“Academic research and surveys point to one inescapable conclusion: that owning one’s home enhances quality of life in a variety of specific, verifiable ways. This is true whether the homes are associated with Habitat for Humanity or not.”

Home Ownership FiguresThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says studies have shown that “homeowners accumulate wealth as the investment in their homes grows, enjoy better living conditions, are often more involved in their communities, and have children who tend on average to do better in school and are less likely to become involved with crime.”

The research is clear:

Homeownership leads to better health.

  • “A safe, decent, affordable home is like a vaccine,” Dr. Megan Sandel of the Boston University School of Medicine testified to Congress in 2007. “It literally prevents disease. A safe home can prevent mental health and developmental problems, a decent home may prevent asthma or lead poisoning,
    and an affordable home can prevent stunted growth and unnecessary hospitalizations.”
  • Poor housing conditions contribute to asthma and other physical illnesses. Decent, affordable housing can help children with asthma address their health needs, according to a report by the Center for Housing Policy.
  • A national survey of Habitat homeowners found that 74 percent said their families’ overall health had improved since
    moving into their home. 

Homeownership leads to greater educational achievements.

  • Children of homeowners are significantly more likely to stay in school until age 17 than children of renters, especially in low-income households, according to a study in the Journal of Urban Economics.
  • Children in homeowning families outperform children in renting families in both math and reading achievement tests,
    even when other factors are the same. These children will have fewer behavioral problems, higher educational attainment and greater future earnings, according to a study by an Ohio State University economist.
  • A 2011 survey of U.S. Habitat homeowners by the University of Southern Indiana found that 57 percent of adults in the households were furthering their education.
  • The graduation rate for children of homeowners is 19 percent higher than for renters, and they are twice as likely to acquire some postsecondary education, according to a study in a journal published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. 

Homeownership provides better security and safety.

  • A study of violent crime in New York City suburbs found that homeownership status significantly reduced a household’s incidence of crime. Another study showed that homeowners have significantly less risk of being subject to a violent assault.
  • According to a survey of more than 400 Habitat homeowners in Minnesota conducted by Wilder Research of St. Paul, 83 percent consider their children safer after the family’s move into a Habitat home.
  • A 2011 national survey of Habitat homeowners by the University of Southern Indiana found that 84 percent felt safe in their neighborhoods. 

Homeownership helps generate wealth building and a pathway out of poverty.

  • “For most buyers, homeownership leads to wealth creation,” stated a report in the Journal of Housing Studies. “As home equity increases, some homeowners may decide that they have the financial resources to secure additional education for themselves or their children.”
  • “The median net wealth of low-income homeowners is dramatically higher than the median net wealth of low-income renters,” according to a 2005 report by the Joint Center for Housing Studies.
  • The Minnesota survey of Habitat homeowners found that 53 percent said they have more money since moving into their Habitat home; two-thirds are more confident about their ability to fund their children’s college education; and almost 40 percent said they pay less in housing costs. Use of government assistance also declined notably. 
  • A 2014 study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston of homes with a student about to enter college found that a modest increase in home value for homeowners led to an increase in the child’s earnings later in life, while an increase in a property’s value for renters led to a decrease in the child’s earnings. 

The benefits of homeownership are indisputable. Since 1976, Habitat for Humanity has helped more than 1 million families worldwide with housing solutions leading to decent, affordable shelter. That represents about 5 million people. We will continue to work toward a world where everyone has a decent
place to live, and where measurable improvements in health, education, security and wealth generation are enjoyed by more and more homeowners.

For the rescources utilized in this article, please view the References page.

Strength

Strength

A Habitat home is a strong foundation for a family, an opportunity on which they can build a better life. Strong and stable homes help build strong and stable communities.

Stability

Stability

A Habitat home is a stabilizing force for a family. Better, affordable living conditions lead to improved health, stronger childhood development and the ability — and financial flexibility — to make forward-looking choices.

Self-Reliance

Self-Reliance

Through shelter, we empower. A decent place to live and an affordable mortgage help homeowners save more, invest in education, pursue opportunity and have more financial stability.

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