2019 Year End Appeal

2019 Year End Appeal

About This Campaign

The need for affordable housing in South Hampton Roads has never been as critical as now. Rental prices continue to rise; wages for low-income earners are on a downward trend. Low-income families are spending an increasingly higher percentage of their monthly income on housing. For many low-wage workers, it is not uncommon to spend over half of their income on their housing expenses!

Habitat SHR with the help of their dedicated donors and volunteers is working hard to address this crisis one family at a time that has a multiplier effect in the entire community.

Breaking the Cycle of Generational Poverty
Habitat for Humanity has proven that the Cycle of Generational Poverty can be broken through the Habitat model of a “Hand-up; not a Hand-out.” Three milestones can be measured that depict how Habitat families purchasing affordable housing break the Cycle of Poverty:
First Milestone (Short Term)
AVERAGE MONTHLY HOUSING SAVINGS OF $400 (new mortgage verses old rent) PROVIDES IMMEDIATE BUDGET RELIEF
This increase in the family’s disposable income is life-changing as it enables them to purchase better quality food, pay for dental and medical care, secure more reliable transportation, obtain safe child care services and pursue educational opportunities.
Second Milestone (Medium Term)
FAMILIES IMMEDIATELY START TO BUILD AND ACCRUE HOME EQUITY
Owning a home is the #1 way most American families build wealth. This includes low-income families who, in most instances, have no wealth building opportunities
Third Milestone (Long Term and Sustaining)
CHILDREN GROWING UP IN HOMES ARE 25% MORE LIKELY TO GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL, 50% MORE LIKELY TO GRADUATE COLLEGE AND 60% MORE LIKELY TO BE HOMEOWNERS THEMSELVES
Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads

Campaign to Support Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads

Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads (Habitat SHR) was founded in 1988. 

HabitatSHR has since afforded more than 250 families the opportunity to become homeowners and are doing our part to help break the cycle of generational poverty.

 Breaking the Cycle of Generational Poverty
Habitat for Humanity has proven that the Cycle of Generational Poverty can be broken through the Habitat model of a “Hand-up; not a Hand-out.” Three milestones can be measured that depict how Habitat families purchasing affordable housing break the Cycle of Poverty:

First Milestone (Short Term)
AVERAGE MONTHLY HOUSING SAVINGS OF $400 (new mortgage verses old rent) PROVIDES IMMEDIATE BUDGET RELIEF
This increase in the family’s disposable income is life-changing as it enables them to purchase better quality food, pay for dental and medical care, secure more reliable transportation, obtain safe child care services and pursue educational opportunities.

Second Milestone (Medium Term)
FAMILIES IMMEDIATELY START TO BUILD AND ACCRUE HOME EQUITY
Owning a home is the #1 way most American families build wealth. This includes low-income families who, in most instances, have no wealth building opportunities

Third Milestone (Long Term and Sustaining)
CHILDREN GROWING UP IN HOMES ARE 25% MORE LIKELY TO GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL, 50% MORE LIKELY TO GRADUATE COLLEGE AND 60% MORE LIKELY TO BE HOMEOWNERS THEMSELVES
These are sustainable factors in Breaking the Cycle of Poverty as they are passed from generation to generation.

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HabitatSHR 2019 Year in Review

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HabitatSHR again meets CRITICAL HOUSINGNEEDS 

The need for affordable housing in South Hampton Roads has neverbeen as critical as now. Rental prices continue to rise; wages for low-income earners are on a downward trend. Low-income families are spending an increasingly higher percentage oftheir monthly income on housing.  For many low-wage workers, it is not uncommon to spend over half of their income on their housing expenses!   

Habitat SHR with the help of their dedicated donors and volunteers is working hard to address this crisis one family at a time that has a multiplier effect in the entire community. 

Such is the case for Cecilia Mulrain and her nine year old son Mason who are the latest family to benefit from the generosity and support from the City of Chesapeake, all the financial donors, material donors and the hundredsof volunteers that it took to build the home that she purchased in the Crestwood neighborhood of Chesapeake.  

Cecilia and Mason moved to the Crestwood neighborhood in March2019. Previously, they were in a one-bedroom apartment in Virginia Beach paying more than $400 per month in additional rent over her current mortgage. Living in her new Habitat home with more disposable monthly income is a life-changing event for the Mulrain family that gives her the same feeling every day; a sense of gratitude. 

Cecilia, originally from St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, came to Norfolk by way of New York to pursue an education at Old Dominion University. 

Today, she is a residency program specialist within the department of surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School where she works with medical residents to ensure their training process goes smoothly. 

“The Habitat application process taught me so much,” says Cecilia.“I took great classes on how to maintain a strong credit score and spent time on the job site learning about foundations, walls and so much else.” 

Back in March 2019, Cecilia’s Habitat for Humanity home dedication  ceremony even caught the attention of the local news TV channels. 

That’s because members of the Porsche Club of America – FirstSettlers Region drove some twenty Porsche sport cars up and down the Mulrain’s street in Crestwood. One after the next, they rolled past the house in parade-style fashion. At the end of the line, Cecilia and Mason sat in a bright yellow convertible as they smiled and waved to the applauding crowd.


Why the Porsche Club? The organization’s members raised a large portion of the cost of construction. Club members also spent hundreds of collective hours volunteering on the build site. 

“It meant so much for our club to be part of the project,” says Josie Granville, charity coordinator for the Porsche Club of America – First Settlers Region. “Our group enjoyed working together to create a home for Cecilia and her sweet son Mason.” 

“I was amazed at the generosity of the Porsche Club members,” saysCecilia. “It’s incredible what perfect strangers can do out of the goodness of their hearts and the impact they can have.” 

Now, Cecilia and her son are in a secure home in a great neighborhood -- and Mason loves having his own room. Cecilia knows that with the right support system, Mason can grow up to accomplish incredible things. 

Please consider supporting future Habitat SHR families, like Cecilia and Mason, by donating to help fund our Mission of building affordable homes that strengthen families and communities in SouthHampton Roads.

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