Through shelter, we empower.
Building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.
No matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve a decent life. We deserve to feel strength and stability day after day. We deserve to know we have the power to take care of ourselves and build our own futures.
Henderson County Habitat for Humanity believes every one of us deserves the opportunity for a better future. Our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
People in our community and all over the world partner with Habitat to build or improve a place they can call home.
Habitat homeowners build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With our help, those homeowners achieve the independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.
The affordable housing crisis in Henderson County…
- Substandard housing is prevalent in every part of the county. (Henderson County Tax Assessor)
- 50% of the workforce in Henderson County can not afford to live in Henderson County.
- The total housing gap in Henderson County is 2,000. (2015 Bowen National Research study)
- Henderson County has the worst demographic of Buncombe, Transylvania & Madison for families living in substandard housing including: no plumbing, leaded paint, unsafe structures, and homes that need to be condemned. (Bowen National Research)
- Affordable housing is the 3rd most pressing need in Henderson County. (joint survey by United Way & WCCA)
- In 2017, fair market value for a 3BR rental in Henderson County was $1,194. Affording a 3BR requires a minimum wage of $22.96. A worker earning minimum wage must work 137 hours to afford. There are only 168 hours in a week. (H.U.D.)
- 49.7% of renters, 5,964 renters, in Henderson County are cost burdened – paying more than 30% of their income towards rent. (NC Housing Finance Agency)
- Safe and affordable housing has been identified as one of the four key health issues to address in Henderson County by the Community Health Assessment Committee (CHNAC).
- 12.9% of the population in Henderson County has income below the poverty level. (2014 U.S. Census Bureau)
Our program provides results…
- 90 percent of surveyed Habitat homeowners in 44 U.S. cities said they could not have owned a home without help from Habitat.
- Since 1976 over 1.6 million low-income families who partner with Habitat have achieved the independence they needed through decent affordable housing.
- Children of homeowners are 116 percent more likely to graduate from college compared with children in families who do not own their homes.
- For every $1 invested in Henderson County Habitat for Humanity, there is a $90.36 social and economic return on investment through social benefits and costs saved.
Families who partner with Habitat contribute to Henderson County through these social benefits and the more homes we build, the greater impact we have in our community.
At Henderson County Habitat for Humanity, we believe…
- Decent shelter is something we all need in order to thrive.
- Strong and stable homes help build strong and stable communities.
- With a little help, we all have the potential to stand on our own.
- Bold actions speak louder than words.
- Working together, side by side, promotes understanding and self-reliance.
Henderson County Habitat for Humanity is pledged to the letter and spirit of the U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to becoming a homeowner due to race, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.