Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. To that end, Trinity Habitat for Humanity strives to:
- Build and renovate high quality, affordable housing,
- Advocate on behalf of those in need of decent housing, and
- Serve as a partner and catalyst to create healthy and sustainable communities.
Serving Tarrant, Johnson, Parker and Wise Counties, we achieve our mission through two programs: Build A Home and Preserve A Home.
Build a Home
The need for safe and affordable housing for low-income families in Trinity Habitat's four-county service area is overwhelming. Trinity builds homes in partnership with low-income families that earn between 30% and 60% of Area Median Income (AMI). In 2014, Trinity Habitat families averaged three to four persons and earned $27,120 annually, placing them at 43% of AMI.
Having a safe and decent place to live can bring stability and promise, family unity, hope and a foundation from which individuals can reach their full potential. Tangible evidence shows that the Habitat program makes a difference for this generation and the next. Studies show that children of homeowners read and behave better as families rise above the poverty level. Their social skills improve and their social life becomes more normal. They are less likely to be on welfare as young adults and more likely to attend college.
Trinity Habitat provides a hand up, not a hand out. Our partner families work very hard to become homeowners. They complete 250 hours of sweat equity on their homes and other Habitat projects, including 20 hours of Homebuyers College wherein they learn about budgeting, legal issues, safety and security, financial stability, and how to care for their home, yard, neighborhood and city, among other homebuyer education topics.
Most Habitat homes are about 1,150 square feet with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a one-car garage and are built with high-quality materials to reduce future maintenance costs. Trinity Habitat is the sole lender for all mortgages, and funds are loaned at zero interest for 20 to 30 years. The average monthly mortgage payment is $450, including homeowners insurance and property taxes.
To learn how you can help sponsor a Build A Home project, please click here for more information.
Preserve a Home
Our Preserve A Home program is our response to an overwhelming need in urban neighborhoods to help low-income homeowners who struggle to maintain and care for the exterior of their homes. These homes have fallen into disrepair, often into code citations, loss of homeowner insurance, loss of equity, and ultimately could face mortgage foreclosure. Qualifying homeowners earning 60% of Area Median Income or less work alongside sponsor and community volunteers and our construction staff to rehab their homes, when they are physically able to do so. Preserve A Home projects include exterior rehabs, weatherizations, and Cowtown Brush-Up projects in partnership with the City of Fort Worth.
Before and after photos of one of our Preserve A Home projects are shown below.
To learn how you can help sponsor a Preserve A Home project, please click here for more information.
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