Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties: We build strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with people and families in need of a decent and affordable home. With your support, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and for their families.
What we do:
Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties partners with first-time homebuyers in our community to help them build or improve a place they can call home.
Habitat homebuyers invest “Sweat Equity” hours by working alongside our volunteers to build their own home or the homes of other Habitat families. Upon completion of construction, Habitat homeowners purchase their house and pay an affordable mortgage. These mortgage payments are used to fund construction of more Habitat homes.
In addition to building affordable, safe homes, we also rehabilitate existing homes for low-moderate home owners. From building ramps to fixing siding, we work in collaborations with other non-profits to maximize resources to the greater benefit of these homeowners and the community. Our future goals are to take on "Zombie" properities and rehabilitate them for future low-moderate income owners so they to realize the dream of owning their own home.
Our latest initiative of "Building Community" involves working collaboratively to bring community members, those most typically Not involved in the construction trades, into the fold. We are working with area nonprofits and unions to engage teens/young people, marginalized populations, women and girls across the spectrum to learn real-life skills that can further them in apprenticeships and employment, all while they are helping others. These participants will be working on our homes, learning new transferable skills all while engaging in our community!
Volunteers of all ages and abilities help build our homes, and we partner with contractors and material suppliers to obtain discounted or donated materials and services, to help keep our construction costs down. Our affiliate is committed to building as energy-efficient and environmentally friendly as possible, while still ensuring that our homes are decent and affordable. Our newer initiatives are always coupled with utliizing the latest "green" building techniques and materials. From using solar panels, low VOC paints and heat pumps we are working to make our homes exceed LEED regulations-helping our environment.
Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties was founded in 1987. Since our inception, we’ve grown from a small, all-volunteer, grassroots organization into a staffed affiliate serving both Tompkins and Cortland counties. Despite changing times, changing mortgage regulations and changing building standards, our goal remains the same: We are dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. We are an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a global, nonprofit housing organization working in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and in approximately 70 countries around the world.