About Habitat for Humanity
Families are selected by a committee of volunteers based on their level of need; willingness to become partners in the Habitat program; and their ability to make a small down-payment, pay a mortgage, and sustain long-term homeownership responsibilities. Homeowner mortgage payments are recycled through a "Fund for Humanity" used to help cover costs of future homes.
Habitat is not a give-away program. In addition to supporting the program through mortgage payments, Habitat families are required to invest 400 "sweat equity" hours by helping with construction to serve as a portion of their down payment. A hand-up, not a handout, Habitat instills a sense of self esteem in its families through the joy of homeownership that promotes success in other aspects of their lives.
The pride of Habitat homeowners is contagious. The "home improvement" bug often bites neighbors when a new Habitat homeowner moves in. Habitat homes improve neighborhood property values and overall neighborhood appearance.
Habitat worksites are places to build relationships as well as houses. This self-help solution to the problem of substandard housing brings together families in need and Habitat volunteers and supporters who are committed to making a difference in their community.
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Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity (RCHFH) takes pride in building to the highest standards of energy efficiency, durability, and sustainability. All of our homes built since 2006 are Energy Star qualified. RCHFH continues to maintain a 100% Energy Star commitment.
Every home built by Rutherford County Habitat is third party inspected to verify standards are met or exceeded. Efforts to make our homes superior are too numerous to list Careful site planning, tight air sealing, added insulation, and efficient windows and doors are a few things done to make our homes energy efficient. Carefully designed and installed, highly efficient HVAC systems make our home comfortable at a low energy cost. Water Management is achieved through design planning and Water Sense, low flow fixtures. Resource conservation is maintained through thorough planning, careful construction, and recycling as a principle waste management policy.
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- We are a licensed contractor.
- We have built over 116 homes in RC since 1989.
- RCHFH home owners pay over $80,000 in city & county property taxes annually.
- RCHFH & Murfreesboro Community Development was one of seven Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Awards from the National Community Development Association for our innovative partnership to build our 100th home.
- Ranked 4th in Nation in Habitat new house production for FY2011.
- Home builds have added over $270 million to the tax base in our state.
- Habitat homebuyers have under a 2.9% foreclosure rate.
- There are 51 Habitat for Humanity affiliates who serve 63 counties to build and sell simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need.
- Today, we have helped build over 500,000 decent, affordable houses and served more than 2 million people around the world.
- Builder magazine ranked Habitat for Humanity International the 6th largest builder in their top 100 Builders in 2010.
6th Annual Cookin' To Build
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013