Habitat for Humanity International is a non-profit, ecumenical, Christian organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing. Habitat works in partnership with people in need throughout the world building simple, decent shelter. Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat has unique features:
History and Organization
Incorporated in 1985, Longview Habitat is one of more than 80 affiliates in Texas, and 1700 affiliates in the United States. Each affiliate is independent, operating under its own by-laws and board of directors. The board is representative of the entire Longview community and over sees the work of the affiliate, which is conducted by several committees. Committees include Family Selection, Family Support, Volunteers, Development, Church Relations, Construction, and Site Selection. A full-time paid staff consists of Executive Director, Operations Manager, Construction Manager, Family Services Coordinator, and ReSTORE Manager.
Since acquiring its first property in 1985, Longview Habitat, providing decent and affordable homes for 80 families (as of October 2012)
Building efforts are currently concentrated in the Stamper Park area of Longview.
Longview Habitat is a grass-roots organization which relies on support and funding from the Longview area community. Funding comes from many sources, including:
Longview Habitat Homeownership Program
Using community volunteers, who provide labor and management expertise, and tax deductible donations of money and material, Longview Habitat builds new, affordable homes with the help of the prospective homeowners.
Family Selection is based on:
Selection process includes an Applicant Orientation meeting, obtaining and verifying application information and an in-home interview.
Lots and houses are donated or purchased. Current target area is in south Longview, generally in the area bounded by Cotton St., High St., and Eastman Rd.
New homes are 3 bedroom (appx. 1000 sq ft) or 4 bedroom (appx. 1150 sq ft), two bath, frame construction with covered porch. All electric. Central Heat and Air. Energy efficient construction is stressed.
Community volunteers and the homeowners do all work except critical, high skill work and building code-required trades.
No Profit: homes are sold at cost (about $72,000 for 3 BR and about $75,000 for 4 BR )
No Interest: 20-year mortgage . Total payments (incl. taxes and insurance) are $350-$400 per month
Homeownership: Families receive a warranty deed secured by a lien note and deed of trust. They are responsible for property taxes, insurance and maintenance.
Family Support Committee members partner with individual families to offer training and support during construction, purchase, and move-in. Provide continuing support as needed.
Homeowners Association provides education, training and support opportunities for all Habitat homeowners.