ATTENTION VOLUNTEERS
Wednesday, December 17
Regular volunteers should meet at the office. We are installing the top railings and balusters at the Edward Avenue ramp. If you have any questions, call Luke: 413.446.7732
See what else we're working on right now!

INTRODUCTION TO 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!

WISH LIST

We need pickup truck to pull our trailer and carry our construction materials to our job sites. If you or someone you know has new or used truck in good shape with at least a V6 engine, let us know
Interested in giving to Habitat this holiday season? Text HOLIDAY2014 to 41444 and make a monetary pledge!
Check out how our Wish List campaign is going.
BUILDING FOR TOMORROW
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Do you feel like you are drowning in debt? Are you ready to take charge of your financial future in just seven classes? If you have tried and failed at budgeting, this class is for you. Here are the rules:
Make every dollar work for you.
Save for a rainy day.
Roll with the punches.
Live on last month's income.
The rules make a lot of sense, and they are worth striving toward.
Our program will change your financial life. 
A new series of classes begins every 9 weeks. 

To register, call or email Habitat at 413-442-3181 to sign up for the next series of classes, which begins January 13, 2015.

 

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.