Green Bay Habitat For Humanity Celebrates Home Ownership Month

Posted on 6-06-2019

Home Ownership Month in June highlights the American Dream of Home Ownership.

It’s also a perfect time to recognize a local organization that helps individuals and families to achieve this goal.

Founded in 1987 and celebrating 32 years in the community, Greater Green Bay Habitat for  Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to eliminate substandard housing in Brown County through constructing, rehabilitating
and preserving homes and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve  their living conditions.

“Our Homebuyer Program  allows our organization to partner with low to
moderate income individuals or families in Brown County who wish to
pursue homeownership.” ~ Michelle Heeler, Family Services Director

Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity knows how itegral home ownership is to a family’s security and sense of well-being.

“Habitat for Humanity knows that safe, decent and affordable shelter plays an absolutely critical role in helping families to create a new cycle, one filled with possibilities and progress. Affordable homeownership frees families and fosters the skills and confidence they need to invest in themselves and their communities.  The outcomes can be long-lasting and life-changing. The statistics are undeniable that Children raised in a stable home excel at school and grow up with an increased chance to continue their education.  Habitat provides a ‘hand up not a handout!'” ~ Cora Haltaufderheid, Executive Director

The Green Bay News Network hopes that all families will succeed in reaching the American Dream of Home Ownership!

Habitat for Humanity

Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity builds new construction homes in the Green Bay area and sells them to qualified families at no profit. The Habitat program provides benefits to our partner families and the Green Bay community. Families benefit from decent, affordable housing while the community benefits from the redevelopment of neighborhoods and an increase in tax revenue. The Habitat program does not give houses away. Families must spend “sweat equity” hours helping to build their home, pay a $900 down payment and make monthly mortgage payments. Homes are made affordable due to the volunteer labor used to build the home and the 0% interest mortgage provided by Habitat. To see what we’re working on now, check out our Current Builds page!

Habitat homes are build according to these three standard principles:

  1. Simple:
    Habitat houses are modestly-sized. They are large enough for the homeowner family’s needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum.
  2. Decent:
    Habitat for Humanity uses quality, locally-available building materials. Habitat house designs reflect the local climate and culture.
  3. Affordable:
    The labor of volunteers and partner families, efficient building methods, modest house sizes and no-profit loans make it affordable for low-income families to purchase Habitat houses.

The first step in becoming a Habitat homeowner is to attend an informational Application Meeting. At the informational session, you will find out about our program, see what a typical Habitat home looks like, and learn how to accurately complete your application. Applicants and co-applicants must attend a meeting to receive an application; you will have 30 days from that date to turn in your completed application and required documents.  This meeting will take approximately 1 hour.  The application process takes approximately 60-90 days from the date Habitat receives your completed application. If you have additional questions or would like more information, please contact [email protected].