Building safe, decent housing for low income, working families is at the core of the Habitat for Humanity mission. At its inception in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International developed the concept of “partnership housing.” The concept centered on those in need of adequate shelter working side by side with volunteers to build simple, decent houses. This concept is summarized by the phrase “a hand-up, not a hand-out”.

Through the work of Habitat, millions have found new hope in the form of affordable housing. Churches, community groups and others have joined together to successfully tackle a significant social problem―decent housing for all. Since 1976, Habitat has helped 6.8 million people find strength, stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter.

In our area, Warren County Habitat for Humanity has applied these principles to work with community and family partners to complete homes for fourteen families. Homes for families number thirteen and fourteen were completed on March 26, when a dedication ceremony was held for a duplex in the Port Colden area of Washington Township.

Two construction groups of volunteers assemble on most Thursdays and Saturdays, and are currently preparing to break ground with partner family number fifteen during the spring of 2017.