Habitat for Humanity

While college kids are hanging out at the beach this spring break, some have chosen to spend their vacation in the Azalea City

Nearly 400 students from across the U.S. will be hammering away this month as part of Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge.

The spring breakers are framing exterior and interior walls for houses that will be built in June for The Jimmy Carter Work Project. Some say this is the most productive way to spend their break.

Lowndes County has donated the 4-H camp in Lake Park for the entire month to house the students, and two additional homes were also provided from the Hahira United Methodist Church for lodging.

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Habitat for Humanity

  • Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing organization.

  • Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 100,000 houses in more than 60 countries, including some 30,000 houses across the United States.

  • Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner families.

  • Habitat houses are purchased by the homeowner families.

  • Three factors make Habitat houses affordable to low-income people worldwide:
    • Houses are sold at no profit, with no interest charged on the mortgage.
    • Homeowners and volunteers build the houses under trained supervision.
    • Individuals, corporations, faith groups, and others provide financial support.

  • Homeowner families are chosen:
    • according to their need
    • their ability to repay the no-profit, no-interest mortgage
    • their willingness to work in partnership with Habitat.

  • Habitat for Humanity does not discriminate according to race, religion or ethnic group.

  • Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, "sweat equity", into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.

  • A Habitat house could cost varies throughout the world, from as little as $800 in some developing countries to an average of $46,600 in the United States.

Source: http://www.habitat.org/ (The Habitat for Humanity International Web site)