Habitat for Humanity: Building Good Green Homes
Habitat for Humanity is addressing a global housing crisis one home at a time. According to the non-profit, Habitat for Humanity: “About 1.6 billion people live in substandard housing and 100 million are homeless, according to the United Nations.” In the United States, one third of the nation – about 95 million people have housing problems.
The importance of creating clean, decent, stable and affordable housing is paramount to the mission of Habitat for Humanity. They’ve shown time and time again, that building homes does more than just putting a roof over someone’s head. Housing also allows families to:
- provide stability for their children
- create a sense of dignity and pride
- improve health, physical safety, and security
- increase educational and job prospects
I recently met with Neal Sullivan, the Executive Director, and Jon Snyder, the Development Director of Habitat for Humanity of Martha’s Vineyard. Sullivan explained that their homes are built with volunteer labor, along with the future homeowners assistance. The materials are secured using donated materials and charitable donations. For families in the lowest qualifying income range, this Habitat for Humanity affiliate is creating simple, decent and green housing on an island that has an affordable housing crisis for many who live year-round and support the summer community.
Sullivan explained how incorporating energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly construction practices in their home designs are a win-win for the recipient: “We’re aiming for net-zero – using photovoltaic panels, energy recovery ventilations systems, small building envelops, retrofitting options, energy-star appliances and reclaimed building materials.”
Habitat for Humanity all over the world is building a future by creating affordable, sustainable homes for people in need. Do you have a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in your neck of the woods?
If you are interested in eliminating poverty housing in your community, here’s how you can get involved with Habitat for Humanity.