The Blog

July 13, 2018

How a Sandwich Builds a House

Local Athens eateries help build their community … literally! You can’t build a house without power. At Athens Area Habitat, we power our tools with electricity, and we power our crew and volunteers with excellent food catered by Athens area restaurants. As part of the Great Chain of Life, which you might remember from your Read More

May 25, 2018

Solving the Puzzle of Affordable Housing

How local artists, entrepreneurs, and hobbyists are helping to fund the building and renovation of homes for low-income residents in Athens, GA It all started in the summer of 2017 while Brian and Paige Dixon were staring at a shelf full of jigsaw puzzles, searching for something besides the same old seascapes, landscapes, balloon races, Read More

May 11, 2018

How Birdhouses Will Help Rescue Families from Homelessness

In April of 2018, the Athens, GA, affiliate of Habitat for Humanity raised over $18,000 by auctioning donated fine art pieces inspired by birdhouses, ranging from delicate jewelry to sculptures more than five feet tall. With that sum, Athens Area Habitat can completely restore an apartment to house a family in need. But by joining Read More

May 9, 2018

“Kinda Tiny” Homes Come to Athens

American families are shrinking, but their homes are growing. Despite a decline in average family size in the US since the 1970s, average home size has ballooned by 50% to more than 2,500 square feet. The “tiny house” movement is looking to change that. “We can’t have true tiny homes in Athens,” says Athens Area Read More

April 6, 2018

Fine Art Birdhouses on Display Around Athens

Athens, GA, is enjoying a city-wide display of birdhouses, just in time for spring.  But unlike most birdhouses, these sell for hundreds of dollars each. Over 40 artists from the Athens area have donated their work to the Ultimate Birdhouse Exhibit & Auction to benefit Athens Area Habitat for Humanity. While some pieces are fully Read More

January 25, 2018

Athens Area Habitat Celebrates Another Year of Affordable Housing

A little bit of snow didn’t stop Athens Area Habitat for Humanity from throwing a great party for the Committee of 1,000 in downtown Athens, GA, this past Thursday, an event co-sponsored by Georgian Hall and Thrivent Financial. The Georgian Hall’s historic grand ballroom in downtown Athens, GA, provided an elegant backdrop for this year’s Read More

December 8, 2017

Donations to Habitat Are Always “Matched”

You’ve probably donated to a “matching” campaign before, where others give if you do.  But did you know… all your donations to Athens Area Habitat are dollar-matched, and then some! Habitat for Humanity didn’t start in Georgia, although the idea was born here. Its core formula for creating decent, affordable housing was conceived in Sumter Read More

November 16, 2017

The Power of Small Gifts

Did you know… if a thousand people gave just $70 each, that’s enough to build a new 3-bedroom, 2-bath home for a family in Athens, GA. Every year, Athens Area Habitat for Humanity expands the rolls of its Committee of 1000, a group of local citizens who pool their giving to literally build their community Read More

November 1, 2017

One House Closes and Another One Opens

“My everyday life has changed for the absolute best,” says Sonya Fears of Athens, GA. “Besides the birth of my children, nothing has brought me a greater joy.” Sonya Fears is the most recent Athens community member to receive a Habitat home donation. This past September, Sonya finalized the closing of her home — she Read More

October 20, 2017

UGA Habitat Brings It Home

This past Friday evening, UGA students and Athens locals jammed Clayton street for the annual UGA Homecoming parade. This year’s theme was ‘Home is where the arch is’ and tasked UGA student organizations with capturing the spirit of the university. Our UGA Habitat student organization entered year’s parade with an extravagant float packed with bulldawg Read More

March 1, 2017

Surprising Stats on Habitat Homeowners

A recent survey uncovers the wide-ranging power of home ownership in the state of Georgia Habitat for Humanity is one of the most trusted names in the world. Independent affiliates of the international non-profit help build homes for families who don’t qualify for conventional loans but who can meet monthly payments on non-profit, zero-interest mortgages. Read More

February 21, 2017

Athens Area Habitat for Humanity’s 85th Home Dedication

Athens Area Habitat couldn’t be more thrilled to announce the dedication of our 85th Habitat home to Sonya Fears! On Friday, February 17th at 5:30pm, at 180 Stonehenge Way, Athens Area Habitat for Humanity and the Athens community came together to present Sonya Fears with her new home. The home was built by and for Sonya Read More

February 15, 2017

The House that Music Built

February 11th, 2017 is truly a day that we at Athens Area Habitat won’t forget. Thanks to Rising Tides Lift All and The Foundry, Athens Area Habitat gained way more than we could have hoped for from the House that Music Built benefit concert. First off, thank you to The Foundry for hosting the event. Read More

January 26, 2017

Athens Habitat Celebrates a Year of Building Community

Last week, a diverse crowd of Athenians gathered in the newly restored Georgian Hall in Downtown Athens, GA, to celebrate the power of small gifts to do great works. Attendees included Athens Mayor Nancy Denson, Athens Area Habitat Executive Director Spencer Frye, local business leaders, Habitat homeowners and staff, and members of the Committee of Read More

January 25, 2017

10 Essential Steps for Any Yard Sale

A quick guide to cleaning out your house while making a profit! Want to get rid of the stuff in your house you never use anymore? Follow these 10 essential steps and you’re guaranteed to have a successful yard sale and some extra cash in your back pocket! 1) When to Have Your Yard Sale The Read More