White Sands Habitat for Humanity is hosting a Business After Hours on
August 8, 2019, from 5:30 pm - 7:00, at our 45th home completion, 1120 Vermont Ave., behind Lowe's Grocery.
We will have Au Jus BBQ catering this event, beer and wine, doors prizes and a chance to meet our 'Partner Family' and celebrate our 45th home here in Otero County.
White Sands Habitat has been in our community since 1999 and we serve our low-income individuals and families who seek the American Dream of Home ownership. We have built homes in Tularosa and Alamogordo and are so excited to show our community the quality of homes Habitat builds but also show every person who has put time, donated materials, monetary donations, fundraisers and every other type of support into this home. The completion of this home has been a long time coming and WSHFH would like for everyone to come out and physically see what their support has provided.
Our home ownership program requires hard work and dedication from the applicant(s) and I think people still don't realize that we do not give homes away. Our applicants must first meet 3 criteria; 1) Need. Whether that be overcrowding in home, poor conditions or paying too much in rent. 2) Ability to pay a mortgage. These applicants must prove they have the ability to pay a 27-30 year mortgage. 3) Willingness to partner. Each future homeowner must put in, minimum, 300 hours of sweat equity (volunteer hours). These hours are accomplished through mandatory financial training, budget training, home ownership courses and hands-on construction of their home. Our program is to rear successful homeowners. These families earn the right to call the home theirs. We consider it a 'Hand Up, Not a Hand Out'.
The number 1 benefit for the homeowner once they have successfully completed our program is we turn around and sell them the home as a zero-interest mortgage!
It is an amazing transformation to see the end result; Generational cycle of poverty broken, Home ownership, pride and in most cases the children do better in school and the homeowner strives for a better paying job. These are all statistical facts of what a safe, stable home can provide.
All of the homes we build are to Build Green New Mexico standards, which are higher than Energy Star standards. We also stay mindful of environmental issues such as water conservation. We have zero net landscape for each home to save water along with all energy-efficient appliances so our Habitat families pay as little as possible on their utilities.
There is so much more to our program than just a beautiful finished home.
I am so thankful to the Chamber for supporting us on Aug. 8 and if there is any additional information you would like please let me know.
This will be a perfect opportunity to meet our staff, as small as it is, our Construction Supervisor, board members, and long-time volunteers. Please join us!