In Monroe County, Indiana, a person earning minimum wage must work 94 hours every week of the year to afford a two-bedroom apartment. In a county where 1 in 5 people are living in poverty, unaffordable housing holds our community back from being a place that many families can call “Home.”
Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County’s mission is to eliminate poverty housing by building decent, affordable homes in partnership with qualifying families. The only thing Habitat gives away is an opportunity. Our homebuyers’ mortgage payments are recycled to build more Habitat houses. Because homes are principally built with volunteer labor, mortgage payments are affordable for low-income partners.
Future Habitat homeowners are selected based on three basic criteria: 1) their need for housing 2) their ability to repay an affordable mortgage and 3) their willingness to partner with Habitat by earning 250 hours of “sweat equity” or volunteer time. Through the work of thousands of volunteers and community partners, Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County has built more than 180 homes.
Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County was founded in 1988 and operated entirely by volunteers until 1997. Now the affiliate has more than 10 full-time staff, a ReStore discount home improvement store, and has housed nearly 700 people. Construction for the affiliate’s first neighborhood, Cedar Chase, began in 2008 on Bloomington’s southwest side and is home to more than 30 families. The second neighborhood project off the B-Line trail, Trail View, began in 2014.
Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people from all faiths and walks of life to work together in partnership, building houses with families in need. Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County is an equal opportunity housing provider and adheres to Habitat for Humanity International’s non-proselytizing policy. Habitat for Humanity International has grown to more than 2,100 affiliates in more than 100 countries, including all 50 US states.