What is Habitat for Humanity?
Habitat for Humanity was formed in 1976 and is a worldwide Christian ministry whose vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Our local affiliate, Mitchell-Yancey Habitat, was started in 1992 and to date we have built 19 homes in our two county service area, using volunteer labor and donations.
Is Habitat just a give-away program?
Absolutely NOT! Our partner families purchase these houses through affordable, no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans that we provide. Their monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses.
Homeowners are also required to invest hundreds of hours of their own labor into building their Habitat house and the houses of others, as well as make mortgage payments.
How are families selected to receive Habitat houses?
Families in need of decent shelter apply to local Habitat affiliates. Our family selection committee chooses homeowners based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program, and their ability to repay the loan.
Do you have to go to a particular church in order to qualify for Habitat housing?
No. We follow a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection; neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing the families who receive Habitat houses. However we want to work closely with the partner family's pastor and church family if they are a member of a local church, and we will sponsor a house dedication ceremony with presentation of a Bible. We also encourage our volunteers to share their faith as appropriate with the partner family, so they can see hearts and hands at work in Christ's service.
What construction projects do you have ongoing right now?
We have two houses currently under construction in Burnsville, on Longview and Celo Streets, in partnership with Pillars and the building trades department of Mountain Heritage High School. We will hopefully start construction of a third house, either in Burnsville or in Mitchell County, in the 2014-15 time frame, if funding is available.
How does Habitat receive funding for construction projects?
We receive funding through several sources: (1) as mentioned above, our partner families make monthly mortgage payments to Habitat; (2) we rely heavily on the generous donations from churches, other organizations, and individuals like you who share our vision for affordable housing; and (3) sales of donated items at our ReStore, which is located in Spruce Pine, at 563 Oak St. (upper street).
How can I donate to Mitchell-Yancey Habitat?
You can donate financially by writing a check to "Mitchell-Yancey Habitat for Humanity", P.O. Box 409, Micaville, NC 28755, or by making a secure donation online via credit card at our web site, mitchellyanceyhabitat.org. On our home page, just click "Donate".
If you have used furniture, appliances, or building materials to donate please call our ReStore at 828-766-9000during business hours through and speak to our Operations Manager, Misty Evans. We have trucks and can come pick up larger items in our two-county area if if is not convenient for you to bring them to the store. You can also send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to request item pickup of your donated items.
Mitchell-Yancey Habitat for Humanity is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.
I'd like to volunteer!! How do I sign up?