Our mission is to create strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. Since Athens Area Habitat was founded in 1988, we’ve pioneered new programs both locally and nationally, like the Kinda Tiny Homes and the ReNew Athens neighborhood reclamation projects here in Athens-Clarke, Lydia’s Homeplace which provides subsidized housing for college students without homes of their own, and our income-adjusted rental housing program which has served as a model for similar efforts across the country.
When covid-19 hit Georgia, we sponsored a local pandemic web page to keep our community informed during uncertain times, worked with other local non-profits and volunteers to distribute masks and bottles of sanitizer, developed an ecologically safe disinfecting service for our trucks and stores, and provided mobile covid testing for our indigent population and others. It’s not what we normally do, but it needed to be done.
This year, we were one of only 16 Habitat affiliates nationwide selected to participate in the Build with Strength program, which brings the security, comfort, energy efficiency, and peace and quiet of insulated concrete construction to Habitat homeowners. Inside and out, the Build with Strength home will look like any other, but will be up to 60% more energy efficient. Plus, we’re advocating for legislation which will require insurance companies to pass on the lower risk of concrete-built homes to homeowners in the form of lower rates.
We’re also partnering with Family Promise of Athens to create reliable interim housing for families they are helping to transition out of homelessness. And we’ve applied for grants which, if we earn them, will fund our vision for Micah’s Creek, a neighborhood of 60-80 owner-occupied homes in a school district where more than 80% of students are free-lunch eligible due to low family income.
Last year, our annual fund drive raised more than $50,000 for our mission. This year, our goal is to raise at least that amount if not more to help meet the tremendous need caused by pandemic disruptions and a nationwide spike in housing costs.
Every dollar you contribute to Athens Area Habitat goes toward local programs that provide cost-manageable housing, increase home-ownership, reduce blight and crime, improve the local tax base, lessen the need for public assistance, stimulate the local economy, and help raise families out of poverty for generations.
Athens Habitat is here to do good work, no matter the circumstances. We will never stop working, never stop innovating. You can help us keep this work going, and do more, with your generous contribution today to our annual fund drive. By giving to Habitat, you know that your gift helps build your community. Thank you.