STEP TWO – LEARNING ABOUT PARTNERING
Before moving forward, ask yourself…Is my family ready to make this commitment?
Purchasing a West Volusia Habitat home is a big commitment.
- West Volusia Habitat homes are affordable partly because WV Habitat families help out.
- If your family is selected to purchase a WV Habitat home, a volunteer from The Family Support Committee will assist you through the process.
What do you do besides make payments?
Families must have a significant need for improved housing, such as:
- Attend Classes – Learn how to be a successful homeowner. You will be required to take the Homeowner Fitness Series of classes as part of your partnership with WV Habitat. Owning a home is a lot different than renting and these classes with prepare you for what is to come.
- Attend events & be photographed – You will not be required to speak in public! This makes many people very nervous however you may be asked to attend a framing day or dedication day. You may be asked to appear at other events. You will not have to go alone. Your family may be photographed or videotaped to spread the word of Habitat’s amazing program and how it can change lives. If this is a hardship for your family, you can make arrangements to avoid it.
- Be a good neighbor – West Volusia Habitat for Humanity families work alongside their new neighbors and a lot of volunteers. You won’t believe the people who are willing to give time and donations to make sure your family has a brighter future. All they ask is that you do the same for someone else in the future. It is the “pay it forward” idea and it feels so very good when you live this way.
- Ask questions – If you aren’t sure about something, ask!
What is sweat equity?
Solving the problem of poverty housing takes hard work.
Families who purchase West Volusia Habitat homes labor alongside volunteers from all over West Volusia and beyond. They build together…sweat together…laugh together…even cry together. They become friends. This may occur at your house build site or another Candidates home site. It’s about making the commitment to help others by giving a “hand up” just as you too will be given this “hand up”. It is also about the gratitude you feel when it is your turn to receive this helping hand, because you will know the hard work the volunteers have put in to make this home a reality for a Family.
“Sweat equity” means West Volusia Habitat homeowners invest time and labor, not just money, into building their community.
Each adult purchasing a West Volusia Habitat home agrees to invest 200 hours of sweat equity. Usually, this means helping build homes in the family’s new neighborhood. It may include working in other areas of West Volusia Habitat like the office or West Volusia Habitat ReStore.
Sweat equity helps:
- Create partnerships between West Volusia Habitat families, volunteers and staff.
- Families learn how to maintain their homes.
- Homeowners become especially proud of their homes.
We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advetising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.