What is Habitat?
Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, International. Since its founding in 1976, HFH International has built or restored more than 600,000 homes worldwide, serving more than 3 million people.
While HFHI provides operational guidelines, each affiliate is independent. Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County is a 501(c) 3 organization that raises all money locally and relies solely on local support to achieve its mission and goals here in New Castle County.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
A Resonating Impact
Established in 1986, Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County has completed over 200 homes and ranks among the top three HFH Northeast affiliates (of 210 affiliates from Delaware to Maine) in terms of housing production.
Habitat is consistently humbled and inspired by the personal impact we have on homeowners. We see homeowners return to school, develop new confidence and secure better jobs. We learn of improvement in their children’s school performance and about homeowners’ children who want homeownership for themselves. We see families long robbed of hope believing again in themselves, in others, and in the future. Habitat helps short circuit the cycle of poverty for many of our families.
A true partnership
Habitat families are equal partners in our mission, working 225 hours to help build their home. In addition to their ‘sweat-equity’ requirement, they must attend financial counseling and homeownership-based training and, work to repair their credit. Habitat NCC families come from substandard housing and are chosen to become first-time homeowners after an extensive screening process that includes employment, housing, and credit checks, as well as in-home interviews.
Why we are here
Over 7,600 people live in substandard housing conditions in New Castle County. Habitat is responding to this need by building 20+ houses a year into the future. Habitat offers 0% interest mortgages to homeowners and recovers 100% of funds through mortgage payments. Habitat does not subsidize the cost of a house or, make a profit.
In 2011, a minimum wage worker would have needed to work 114 hours per week to afford the New Castle County Fair Market Rent of $1,077. Approximately 58% of renters in 2011 could not afford that rent.
Currently, Habitat is working to recover neighborhoods in 11th Street Bridge, Eastside, Eastlawn, Gander Hill, the Vandever Avenue areas in the City of Wilmington and in E. Lake Street in Middletown.
It costs Habitat $165,000 to build a house here in New Castle County. This includes the materials needed for framing, siding, roofing, drywall, cabinets, land, subcontractor, labor and construction overhead costs. Habitat sells the house at the construction cost to Habitat Families.
Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative
Habitat for Humanity recognizes that its impact can be far greater when development is focused on a community, not just an individual home. The Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative was designed to help U.S. affiliates, including HFHNCC, as they work to transform neighborhoods using a holistic approach. Habitat affiliates are joining residents, nonprofits, businesses, local governments and communities of faith to create and implement a shared vision of revitalization. Programs include the development of more energy efficient neighborhoods and rehabilitating vacant or foreclosed properties
Less than one mile behind HFHNCC offices, the NRI vision is coming to life. With the construction of the brand new Mill Stone (21 homes) development, over 12 vacant properties in the process of rehabilitation and A Brush With Kindness efforts taking hold, the Prices Run neighborhood of Wilmington is a living example of what NRI can do for a community.
Habitat receives generous amounts of donated materials every year (24 tons in 2005) but, the majority of it cannot be used in the homes. Habitat sells these donations at a discounted rate in the ReStore, a resale shop that helps Habitat raise additional dollars to build houses. To learn more click here.
$0.93 of every dollar donated goes towards building a Habitat home. Donations can be made right here on our website via a link at the left navigation bar. Donations can also be made through United Way with our organization code, 9034. Any gift to Habitat for Humanity International can also be allocated to New Castle by entering the code 1801 when making a donation.