Can you imagine a world where everyone has a decent place to live? Pursuing that vision, Habitat for Humanity, Inc. of the New River Valley
provides two programs of direct service to eliminate substandard housing: constructing new homes and performing critical home repairs. Your donations fund these programs, which serve low- and fixed-income residents of the New River Valley.
2017 marks our 30TH anniversary and our plans to celebrate this year include building in Pulaski, planning to build in Floyd, and developing the ability to build a 7-unit townhouse complex in Blacksburg.
Habitat is best known for volunteers building houses. Our no-interest or low-interest loans make home ownership possible for folks who wouldn't qualify for a traditional mortgage. One of our newer homes includes a beautiful build in Floyd County.
Exterior of the home in Floyd Co on Newton Rd.
Interior of Floyd home.
Who is a Habitat Homeowner?
"Hard working people who will work for a break"
"Renters ready to become homeowners"
Generally, a Habitat Homeowner...
• Has a steady income for 3 years
• Earns less than $50,000
• Needs better housing
• Has good credit or a strong payment history
• Is willing to volunteer with Habitat.
Our Lifespan Friendly Home program helps low- and fixed-income senior citizens keep their homes safe and increase energy efficiency. This program benefits communities by keeping neighborhood equity high and allowing residents to age in place. Enabling folks to remain in their homes, rather than move to a care facility, is good for everyone.
Access ramp for safe ingress/egress. Photo: Andrew Stanaland
HELPING EACH OTHER
HFHNRV serves Floyd, Giles and Montgomery Counties, as well as Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Pulaski and Radford. Think about what a big service area that is: about a 2 hour drive from one active job site (Pembroke) to another (Floyd). It can seem daunting, but we are able to do this work thanks to YOU and to contributions from our community, including corporations and faith-based groups.
Land and Demand
The land used to build Habitat homes is often donated to the organization. We have a strong demand for homes in Montgomery County - where many of the area's big employers are - but we don't currently have any land in Montgomery County. Please consider a land donation, in Montgomery County or elsewhere in our service area, when thinking about how you can help Habitat help the community.
A HAND UP, NOT A HAND OUT
Remember, we don't give away homes, we sell them to qualified home buyers who won't qualify for a traditional mortgage. We reduce the cost of the home by using volunteer labor and accepting donations of construction material. Our partner families contribute (on average 200 hours per adult) their own "Sweat Equity" as a down payment on thier new home.
Grab bars: a hand up, literally. Photo: Andrew Stanaland