HABITAT BUILDS UP U.S. FAMILIES.Byline: JEAN RUSSELL VOGEL
Half of the homes in which U.S. children are growing up have major defects threatening health or safety, said Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity, nonprofit ecumenical Christian organization that enables low-income people to own affordable, livable housing. Headquartered in Americus, Ga., it was founded in 1976 by businessman Millard Fuller and his wife. speaker Linda Neilson, addressing 25 Simi Valley Simi Valley (sē`mē, sĭm`ē), city (1990 pop. 100,217), Ventura co., SW Calif. in an oil, fruit, and farm region; laid out 1887, inc. 1969. Community Council members Thursday at International House of Pancakes.
Neilson, who chairs the volunteer speakers bureau for the Ventura County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International Habitat For Humanity International (HFHI) (generally referred to as Habitat for Humanity or simply Habitat) is an international, ecumenical Christian, non-governmental, non-profit organization devoted to building "simple, decent, and affordable" housing. , explained how the 20-year-old nonprofit organization Nonprofit Organization
An association that is given tax-free status. Donations to a non-profit organization are often tax deductible as well.
Examples of non-profit organizations are charities, hospitals and schools. seeks to ``eliminate substandard substandard,
adj below an acceptable level of performance. housing and homelessness'' through work in creative partnerships.
Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976, following home building in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. and Africa, which demonstrated the partnership concept originated by Millard and Linda Fuller Linda Fuller (birthdate) with her husband, Millard, founded Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI). They launched the ecumenical Christian housing ministry in 1976, after pioneering a low-cost housing program in rural southwest (1968 - 1972) followed by three years of similar .
A family qualifying for a Habitat home puts in 500 hours of work, assisted by volunteers, the backbone of the organization. Behind the familiar media scenes of on-site nail pounders, a host of volunteers serve as architects, truck drivers, coordinators of materials, building trades specialists, and communications and office support staff.
To qualify for a Habitat home, family income can be no more than 50 percent of the median income for the county of residence. Also, the family must have exhausted all other options for adequate housing. Habitat does not buy land, Neilson explained, but lots are obtained through cities, counties or private donations.
With the added components of volunteer labor and tax-deductible Tax-deductible
The effect of creating a tax deduction, such as charitable contributions and mortgage interest. donations of materials, the Habitat-community-prospective owner partnership can build a 1,000-square-foot, three-bedroom home in Ventura County for $60,000.
The new homeowner makes a down payment to Habitat, followed by no-interest, affordable mortgage payments. These funds are earmarked for initiating the building of additional homes in Fillmore, Thousand Oaks Thousand Oaks, residential city (1990 pop. 104,352), Ventura co., S Calif., in a farm area; inc. 1964. Avocados, citrus, vegetables, strawberries, and nursery products are grown. , Camarillo and Piru, as well as rehabilitating homes in numerous jurisdictions. The 1997 goal is the completion of nine additional homes.
Executive Director Ken Pyburn, Ventura County Habitat's only paid staff member, has been allocated two Vista volunteers, who join other headquarters volunteers at the Oxnard office. To join the Habitat operation, call 485-6065. Training is offered on second Saturdays monthly.
Neilson, an Oak Park resident, explained that she was moved to contact Habitat here after a visit to Nairobi, where she was confronted with housing at its absolute minimum.
She was already a committed volunteer and envisioned adding home construction to her other activities. However, Neilson's experience teaching communications and theater made her especially valuable in the Habitat speakers bureau. She agreed to head the bureau about three years ago. She used her 30-minute speech to pinpoint the scope of Habitat's worldwide home-building - somewhere on the globe a new home is finished every 33 minutes.