Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville

celebrating 25 years of building dreams EST. 1991

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Habitat Film

An outgrowth of our New Paradigm for Affordable Housing, Project 20 is our commitment to build at least 20 homes annually in partnership with hard-working local families.

Since 1991, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville has partnered with more than 170 hard-working low income families in the area to help them realize their dream of home ownership.

Habitat doesn’t give away houses, but instead offers Partner Families the opportunity to earn “sweat equity” building their homes and those of their neighbors. Utilizing volunteer labor and donations, Habitat is able to sell homes to Partner Families at no profit with a zero interest mortgage. In turn, Partner Family mortgage payments feed the Fund for Humanity, allowing us to build even more homes.

This approach has made a big difference in the lives of many hard-working Partner Families. But, given the extent of the local affordable housing crisis, we need to think bigger.

Our New Paradigm, a powerful approach to this crisis, has allowed us to build more homes, to a higher standard, on less land.  This new model is creating stable, mixed-income communities.

The stages of the New Paradigm include

  • Paton Street, the first Habitat for Humanity mixed income community in Virginia;
  • Sunrise, the nation’s first ever trailer park transformation without resident displacement; and,
  • Southwood, the area’s greatest remaining opportunity to eradicate local housing poverty.

 

 

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Dan Rosensweig, our President & CEO, was honored to be asked to speak at the 2015 Charlottesville TEDx Conference.  The theme of the day was “What If”. 

Click here to watch Dan's TEDx talk.

 

Habitat is hiring! Click here for more details.

 

 Click here to read Habitat's 2015 Annual Report!

 

Click here to view the new Habitat Film!

 

Parking for visitors to the Habitat office has changed. Click here for details, and here to view a map of Habitat's allotted spaces in the Republic Plaza parking lot.

Habitat celebrates 25 years of volunteers

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From the earliest days of our founding in 1991, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville has been driven by committed volunteers. This year, as we celebrate 25 years of service to the community, we are taking time to reflect on the successes of the past quarter century and to thank the 18,000 volunteers who have stepped up to lend a hand.

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Johnny Than celebrates his 5th birthday at his soon-to-be-finished Habitat home

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Since entering the Habitat Homebuyer program, Win Than has spent almost every one of his Saturdays on the jobsite, earning sweat equity and sharing his infectiously positive personality with volunteers. The Than family has come to love the construction site so much that, when asked where he wanted to celebrate his 5th birthday, his son Johnny immediately answered, “at our future home.”

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Charlottesville Area Habitat Homeowners

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