By Laura van Leliveld
No matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve to have a decent life. We deserve to feel strength and stability every day. We deserve to know we have the power to take care of ourselves and build our own futures. At Loudoun Habitat for Humanity our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Because you, me, we—we’re all humans. And every single one of us deserves the opportunity for a better future.
Since 1993, Loudoun Habitat for Humanity has helped change the lives of 38 families county-wide. We offer homeownership opportunities to families who are unable to obtain conventional house financing. Generally, this includes those whose income is 30 to 50 percent of the area’s median income. Additionally, these families contribute numerous hours of “sweat equity” on the construction of their home or another future Habitat homeowner’s home. Because Habitat houses are built using donations of land, material, and labor, mortgage payments are kept affordable.
There are people living and working in Loudoun County who are struggling with having a place to call home. They live in apartments or share spaces that are too small for their families, or pose other hazards. These families move frequently because of increases in rent which means their children are constantly changing schools. Better, affordable living conditions lead to improved health, stronger childhood development and the ability and financial flexibility to make forward-looking choices. A Habitat homeowner shared “Being a partner family is about so much more than home ownership. Being a partner family is about the restoration of hope, faith in the goodness of people, uplifting the community, and more importantly it’s about inspiring a single Mom who had just about given up to keep pushing because her community has her back. Thank you for restoring my courage to overcome my circumstances.”
We’re addressing the affordable housing crisis in our area and creating opportunities for families to have improved housing and better lives. But in order to do this, we need community support. Less than 1 percent of Loudoun Habitat’s funds come from Habitat International. The vast majority comes from local businesses, individuals, and organizations. Support from the local community is essential for the success of Loudoun Habitat.
If you would like make a donation, attend an event or learn how you can volunteer go to loudounhabitat.org or call 703-737-6772.
[Laura van Leliveld is the communications and community relations manager for Loudoun Habitat for Humanity. Working for You is a rotating column providing space for Loudoun’s nonprofit leaders to let readers know what they do and how they can help the cause. To participate in the program, email firstname.lastname@example.org