Interim Mission Statement and Strategic Framework During COVID 19 Emergency Period - Ratified on April 2nd, 2020
“We are the type of people who run to the fire and stay through the hurricane”
From “Koinonia Every Day,” Charlottesville Habitat’s Statement of Values
Our Commitment During the COVID-19 Crisis
In normal times, our mission calls for us to bring people together to build and rebuild homes and communities while catalyzing new pathways to safe, decent, affordable housing.
In this season of unprecedented challenges, while joining the global community in limiting the spread of the coronavirus by meeting and exceeding the guidelines of public health authorities, we are building on our culture of innovation and responsiveness to aggressively attend to community needs as they emerge.
During the crisis:
Finish almost finished homes: We will strategically expedite home completions to allow families to safely shelter in place.
Support Partner Family Homeowners and Southwood Community Members: We will work with the 2,000+ neighbors already in Habitat homes or rentals to help them safely remain in their homes and weather economic and health challenges.
Our primary partners -- local families who earn between 15% and 60% of area median income -- are disproportionately front line providers of essential services (nursing, hospital maintenance, food preparation and delivery, etc.). We will keep them housed so they can keep everyone safe.
Support Partner Family Homebuyers and Applicants to our Program: We will help the 160 applicants to and 50 families currently in our Homebuyers and Pathways to Housing programs as they navigate financial and emotional challenges, keeping them on a path to better housing.
Direct resources to immediate community health and housing needs:
- We will donate our inventory of masks, safety goggles and other Personal Protective Equipment. When we can, we will also utilize the skills of our volunteers and staff to manufacture PPE’s for emergency use in hospitals and elsewhere.
- We will utilize our vast network of trusting relationships built through years of asset based community development to help efficiently channel resources and disseminate information from partner agencies and donors to thousands of low-wealth neighbors.
- We will support our partners in homeless services so that everyone can shelter safely in place.
- We will share our resources (including staff if appropriate) with other service providers to address emergent challenges.
Advocate: We will use our voices and our policy expertise to ensure the most housing vulnerable neighbors are supported through federal, state and local policy.
Communicate: We will provide weekly updates to our community partners, board, supporters and staff via digital and other media.
Stay grounded in equity and purpose: Through internal job sharing, we will ensure that staff members with less access to childcare and other supports are able to delegate some of their responsibilities to others who, because of the COVID-based change to our operations, have additional capacity to serve the community. And we will continue our commitment to equity in our housing and community development work, helping low-income families earn wealth through homeownership and addressing systematic patterns of inequity through appreciative and asset based community development.
Shore up our foundations: We will ensure that we are well positioned at every level organizationally to realize the goals of our strategic plan and address the housing needs of the community by…
- Implementing a contingency plan for financial resilience and preparedness.
- Continuing financial preparation with Southwood early adopters and keeping land planning moving forward to allow us to break ground as previously anticipated.
- Continuing to connect with donors who can provide resources to fulfill the promise of our strategic plan while also efficiently matching up philanthropists with emergency needs in the community caused or exacerbated by the COVID crisis.
- Increasing capacity and effectiveness of our E-tail operation at the Habitat Store.
- Continuing to entitle and prepare lots for future builds so that we can make up for lost time once we remobilize our full building operation.
- Combining our core operations with work in Louisa and Greene Counties in order to realize greater regional impact.
A Greater Charlottesville community where everyone can find a decent place to live.
Koinonia Farm was founded in Americus, GA in 1942 by Clarence and Florence Jordan and Martin and Mabel England in 1942 as a “demonstration plot for the Kingdom of God.” For them, this meant an intentional community of believers sharing their lives and resources, following the example of the first Christian communities as described in the Bible. Koinonia's commitment to racial equality, pacifism, and economic sharing brought violence to the farm in the 1950s as the KKK and others attempted to force them out.
They responded with prayer, nonviolent resistance, and a renewed commitment to live the Gospel. As threats of violence dwindled, they focused on the poor quality of local housing and began a project to build decent, affordable homes for their neighbors. The housing ministry evolved into Habitat for Humanity International under the leadership of Millard and Linda Fuller, who became members of Koinonia after leaving a lucrative lifestyle in New York. Founded in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International has become a global housing ministry working with people of all faith traditions and backgrounds, operating in all 50 states in the U.S. and in over 70 countries around the world.
Our Values: Koinonia Every Day
At Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville we work to replicate the spirit, teamwork and sacrifice of Koinonia every day. To read our values document in its entirety, click here.
Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations will not proselytize, nor will Habitat for Humanity work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with Habitat for Humanity. This means that Habitat for Humanity will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must (i) adhere to or convert to a particular faith or (ii) listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith