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Who We Are

who we are
Habitat for Humanity is a non-governmental, nonprofit organization that builds affordable housing for hardworking families.

What We Believe

No matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve to have a decent life. We deserve to feel strength and stability day after day. We deserve to know we have the power to take care of ourselves and build our own futures. At Habitat for Humanity, this is what unites us. Through shelter, we empower. Our shared vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Our Local Problem

According to a February 2017 report from the Center for Urban and Regional Studies of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNCCH), Lincoln County is one of twenty-one counties in the state where residents face severe cost-burden from their rent payments AND lack critical facilities in their rental units. More specifically, many Lincoln County residents pay more than 50 percent of their income toward rent and lack a complete kitchen and/or complete bathroom facilities.

How We Help Address the Problem

Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County (HFHLC) primarily assists families who are living in what the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) classifies as Worst-Case Housing. Worst-case housing is defined as one, or more of the following: (1) Earning less than 50% of the area median income, (2) Paying more than half of the household’s income for rent & utilities, (3) Living in severely substandard housing conditions. Oftentimes, Lincoln County families must choose what comes first, paying the rent, putting food on the table, or buying medicine. Since 1992, Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County has served 40 families, 22 of these have been through NEW homes, 4 have been REHAB homes, and 14 have been through our repair program. For our new home families, total housing costs dropped from over 50 percent of their income to less than 30 percent with Habitat’s affordable mortgages. HFHLC provides stability, self-reliance and strength through shelter to Lincoln County residents.

How You Can Help

Our approach to the affordable housing crisis is to partner with families, volunteers and donors. Donating your time, talent and treasure ensure families have a decent and affordable place to live. Whether you’re interested in swinging a hammer, selling merchandise in our ReStores or reading Habitat-themed, children stories to 2nd graders. We’ve got something for you.

For those who would like to donate, contact Kris J. Fountain, Resource Development Director, at (704) 701-3251 to learn how your financial or in-kind donation to HFHLC will help hardworking families in Lincoln County.