Did you know that 27% of South Carolina children live in poverty? Evidence-based research has shown that when families have stable, decent, accessible and affordable homes they are better able to find employment, achieve mobility and their children perform better in school. Homeownership leads to increases in graduation rates, children’s good health, net family wealth and decreases in children’s behavioral problems, reliance on government assistance, asthma and other health issues.
Land cost have become prohibitive in York County yet this is necessary to continue or mission of building affordable housing with qualified families. In addition to new construction, Habitat also rehabs existing homes. We are in need of building lots as well as homes that can help us continue our mission of improving the lives of children and families through our ministry. Habitat supports families achieve strength, stability and self-reliance and ultimately build a better life for their children and themselves.
During our 30th year of serving York County residents, Habitat will partner with 4 qualified families to build new homes and 40 families through our repair program this year. Since 1988 Habitat has created homeownership for 70 families and their children. During the past four years, thanks to our 175+ community partners and nearly 2,000 volunteers, Habitat has repaired more than 100 homes. Our repairs improve owner occupied homes making them healthier, safer, more energy efficient and improve accessibility for seniors through construction of handicap ramps.
Habitat for Humanity of York County is grateful for the strong community support which resulted in our affiliate having the highest number of families served in Fiscal Year 2017 among South Carolina Habitat affiliates. During fiscal year 2017, our affiliate completed 4 new homes, rehabbed 1 home and completed 35 home repairs resulting in 40 families served in addition to 1 community project. As we celebrate our 30th Anniversary, Habitat for Humanity of York County will to strive to increase our impact countywide in the upcoming year with a goal of serving 44 families in 2018.