Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization that builds homes, communities and hope.
Berkshire Habitat is 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.
Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
Bobby Hayden and his brother Andrew accumulated more than 200 sweat equity hours before we realized the family's terrible living conditions. We dedicated this home in February 2014, after a record fast build of 7 months. It was our 26th home, and our first handicap accessible home, because Bobby's mom has lived with rheumatoid arthritis since the age of 2.
All that said, please understand that we do not give away homes. Our homebuyer partners must:
- Go through a rigorous qualification and selection process.
- Have a qualifying income and attend our Building for Tomorrow financial literacy training program.
- Invest 400 (for a single person) or 500 (for dual heads of households) hours of sweat equity in the building of their own home as well as the homes of others. During sweat equity, homebuyer partners learn home maintenance and upkeep.
- Pay their mortgage on time.
We do not give away homes. We help those who are just a little short of realizing the American Dream of Homeownership. It's a hand UP, not a hand OUT!
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