Habitat for Humanity
Matt Will— Coordinator
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit Christian housing organization dedicated to the elimination of substandard housing. Since 1984 Habitat for Humanity of Omaha has built homes for African-American, Caucasian, Latino and Sudanese families in Omaha reaching the 200 home benchmark in 2005. Homes are built with donor contributions, volunteer labor and donated materials.
Presbyterian Church of the Cross volunteers have been participating in Habitat builds for over a dozen years, but most recently have taken on the specific tasks of landscaping one of the newly built homes each year. Each August, Presbyterian Church of the Cross volunteers purchase bushes, shrubs, landscape edging and stones, mulch and even trees and work together as a team to create an attractive landscape for the new homeowners. To sign up for this opportunity, contact the program coordinator. Volunteers are needed and welcomed!
Habitat for Humanity of Omaha:
- Sells the homes to buyers with no interest and no profit. Requires 350 hours of sweat equity in place of a large down payment,
- Serves families whose income is 30 to 50% of median in the Omaha area,
- Prepares buyers for homeownership through required training sessions (budgeting, home repair, insurance, legal issues, etc.) and, most important to us,
- Relies on volunteers for much of the construction and family support.