ATTENTION VOLUNTEERS
Wednesday, August 5
We are working at 187 Francis Ave at 8:00 am until noon. Call Elsa at (860) 280-4828 if you have questions.

Saturday, August 1
We are meeting at 187 Francis Ave at 8:00 am and building until 2:00 pm. We may also bring volunteers to Viola's home on Von Nida Ave. Call Elsa at (860) 280-4828 if you have any questions.
Click here to check out our projects!

INTRODUCTION TO CENTRAL BERKSHIRE HABITAT

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.
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!
Viola, one of our pending Habitat Homebuyers, was recently burned out of her apartment (read more here). Can you help us raise $10,000 to complete the work on her future home? Use the form below or text Viola to 414-44!

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Lee Loves Giving Back!

Paul Rich & Sons has once again picked Central Berkshire Habitat to be the recipient of their Lee Loves Giving Back sale! Throughout July when you shop at Paul Rich & Sons, located at 242 North Street in Pittsfield, 5% of your Lee furniture purchase will support our organization. Now that's what we call a well-furnished deal!Habitat_Lee_070215.jpg ----------------------------------------------

Westside Neighborhood Watch: Thursday, August 6 at 5 pm at the Christian Center

Meet your neighbors and let's talk about safety in the Westside! Officer Ortega will also be present with updates about our neighborhood. To learn more, click here or call us at (413) 442-3181.

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Enter our raffle for sports events in Boston!

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All proceeds benefit Central Berkshire Habitat and our Slice of Heaven partners. The drawing will be September 14 during the golf tournament. Click here to learn more and call us at (413) 442-3181 to buy your tickets!

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Do you live in the Westside of Pittsfield? Take our Neighborhood Survey!

We want to hear your voice about life in the Westside Neighborhood of Pittsfield! Click here to learn more and to take our suvey.

Building Dignity

Habitat builds homes with families that demonstrate a willingness to partner with us. These families invest hundreds of sweat equity hours and at the end of the day, the mortgage they pay helps fund the construction of more Habitat homes. It’s easy to feel good about that!

Building Relationships

Politics, professions, ethnicity, religion and economics all fall away at Habitat. We invite people to find common ground through shared goals and collaboration.

Building Community
Habitat seeks to end poverty housing by transforming whole communities, house by house, block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood. Our new Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative allows us to serve more families by expanding our offerings to include critical home repairs and rehabilitation programs.

Our homebuyer partners must go through a rigorous qualification and selection process. Our homebuyer partners must have earnings and attend financial literacy training that teaches them to maintain a budget. They must invest 400 or 500 hours (or about a year) of sweat equity in the building of their own home as well as the homes of others. During sweat equity they learn home maintenance and upkeep.

And guess what? After all that:

They still have to pay a monthly mortgage.