Honolulu Habitat for Humanity restores and builds homes at no Interest and no profit.Honolulu Habitat for Humanity is a grass roots, ecumenical Christian housing ministry, which works with people of all faiths to build homes in the O’ahu area for those in need at no interest and no profit. Habitat seeks to address both environmental and spiritual needs of families and communities by proclaiming the love of Christ in work and deed so that God’s people can live and grow into all that God intended.
Honolulu Habitat for Humanity is a habitat affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, with its own 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, and serves Honolulu on a community level. Habitat for Humanity is committed to “building simple, decent and affordable housing” (Habitat for Humanity International). Honolulu Habitat for Humanity offers both home repair preservation and partners with families, who cannot afford a traditional mortgage or loan, to build their home.
The Home Preservation program is designed to help existing homeowners improve the safety, value and appearance of their home. It is also great for the kupuna, elders, converting their home for ADA compliance allowing them to stay in their home and community. Honolulu’s Habitat for Humanity Home Preservation program is a great way for families to maintain their home investment for the generations to come. Applicants must qualify for the Home Preservation program and upon approval the following options are available:
- structural repair, roof repair, windows, exterior painting, landscaping and correcting code violations
- Community volunteers and in-kind donations
- Quality of construction and repairs are guaranteed for one year
- 0 percent interest loan towards repair
- 3-7 year term
- Honolulu Habitat services loans
Habitat for Humanity recognizes that everyone should have a safe, affordable place to call home. Applicants must make a commitment to build a better home and future for themselves and their families. Approved family units are necessary to the Home Build project, as they are actively participating with their community volunteers to build the structure. By providing enough “sweat equity”, homeowners will have contributed more than their fair share of time and labor into the construction of their new domicile. Habitat for Humanity believes that, “sweat equity is a new homeowner investing in their home or one for another family. It’s not a form of payment, but an opportunity to work alongside volunteers who give their time to bring to life a family’s dream of owning a home.”
The organization believes that it’s not about the house — it’s about the community that builds that house. “Were it not for our volunteers our ability to serve our mission would not be possible.”
Honolulu Habitat Site Supervisor, MG Greenway, feels a sense of empowerment when she comes across female volunteers on build sites. She picks up her tools and gets to work, which empowers other women on the site to do the same. “It’s exciting because these women are inspired to try things that they normally won’t.”
As someone who began her journey with Honolulu Habitat for Humanity as a college student, Construction Manager Mel Ressler believes that her presence alone breaks stereotypes. “Being in a full-time construction role helps overcome the stereotypes — it breaks the walls and makes me feel empowered, stronger.” Her belief is that as she keeps moving up in her career as a tradeswomen, she will continue to empower other women.
Habitat for Humanity reaches hundreds of families in need, and as a result has become the largest nonprofit builder in the world. With habitat affiliation, Honolulu Habitat for Humanity continues to help families who cannot afford a traditional mortgage or loan to build their home.
For more information about Honolulu Habitat for Humanity, visit here: www.honoluluhabitat.org