What is Trinity Habitat for Humanity’s (Trinity Habitat) Mission?
Trinity Habitat for Humanity builds homes and hope in partnership with God’s people. An ecumenical Christian housing ministry, Trinity Habitat is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, committed to the ideal that all people deserve a decent, healthy, affordable place to live.
How does Trinity Habitat work?
Habitat offers a hand up, not a handout, to low-income working families. In our Build a Home program, homeowners buy their houses and invest “sweat equity” labor in the construction of their homes or other Habitat projects. Habitat homes are affordable because of volunteer labor, donated funds and materials; the houses are financed by the organization at no interest and are sold at no profit. Homeowners’ house payments go into a revolving fund that helps build more homes.
Whom do we serve?
Habitat homeowners are working people who might have only dreamed of home ownership because of skyrocketing home prices. Habitat partner families’ income levels are between 30% and 60% of the median. Families qualify on the basis of need, willingness to partner with the Habitat program and ability to make mortgage payments that average between $450-$550 monthly, including taxes and insurance. In our Preserve a Home program, where we do external rehab projects, we partner with elderly and/or disabled existing homeowners who are at or below 50% of the median income. Habitat follows a non-discriminatory policy of family selection.
Why is affordable housing important?
Over 650,000 houses in Texas house are substandard. More than 88% of poor Texas households with children have at least one major housing problem. Housing in older neighborhoods is often destroyed through arson, violence, or neglect. Some families are living in overcrowded conditions; others live without water or heat. Substandard housing seriously limits the potential of both children and adults, but a decent place to live can break the cycle of poverty and hopelessness. The community benefits as responsible citizens move into neighborhoods; property values increase and other homeowners in the neighborhood begin to improve their property.
Where is Trinity Habitat at work?
Trinity Habitat for Humanity serves Tarrant, Johnson, Parker and Wise Counties. Houses have been built in various neighborhoods including the Near Southeast, Southside, Worth Heights, Northside, Greenway, Mosier Valley, Como, Hannah Ranch, Azle, Arlington, Weatherford, Aledo, Decatur, Bridgeport and Newark.
When did Habitat for Humanity start?
Trinity Habitat for Humanity was created in 1989 and has served over 1,148 families through building 474 new homes in our service area, two in Hungary, 21 in the Tamaulipas - our Mexico affiliate, which includes Matamoras and Reynosa - and through 674 rehab projects. The organization is affiliated with Habitat for Humanity International, which has built more than 500,000 homes around the world since 1976.
How can I help?
Volunteers, as well as in-kind, corporate, church and individual donors, are the foundation of Habitat for Humanity. You may help build homes, donate funds/materials/tools for construction, and provide meals for workers and more. Please call 817-926-9219 to join us.