A local home built by Habitat Catawba Valley was featured as the "Home of the Month" by the U.S. Department of Energy's Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program earlier this month.
Habitat's "Julia II" is a 1,240 square-foot, one level, three bedroom, two bathroom home located in the Northstone subdivision in Hickory, NC. After its completion in 2018, the home earned the U.S. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Housing Innovation Award. The home is calculated to save $1,100 on utilities annually in comparison to typical new homes, and $49,000 in the first 30 years.
“Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley takes great pride in building high-performance homes that are not only affordable to purchase, but also affordable to operate and maintain. We believe that affordability and sustainability go hand-in-hand.” - Derek Ross, Habitat Catawba Valley Construction Supervisor
Habitat took home North Carolina’s top honor for excellence in affordable housing!
Habitat Catawba Valley was honored with the 2018 Housing North Carolina Award for our groundbreaking mixed-income Northstone neighborhood. Presented by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency during this fall's NC Affordable Housing Conference, the award recognizes projects that exemplify what affordable living looks like across all categories of housing, including home ownership developments, apartments for seniors and families, and permanent supportive housing for adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
Habitat Repairs! has started a new repair program we call Habitat Partners. This is for Church and other groups that have a team capable of doing repairs for low income households in the area but need funding. Habitat can provide up to $1,500.00 for materials per project and we can provide shingles for re-roofing projects. The type of work can include painting, home maintenance, handicap ramps, and roofing.
The requirements are simple. First the families must meet Habitat’s low-income requirements. Second, the group must have the experience and expertise to properly complete the work on their own and have their own tools.
A general guide for household income starts at 29,150.00 for a one-person household and tops out at $54,900 for a family of Eight. Maximum income for a four-person family is $41,600.
This program enables Habitat Repairs! to reach more households since the work done by the Partners will involve little staff resources. In the first six months, eight projects have been completed under the partners program.
If your church or group is interested in participating, please contact Richard Greathouse, our home repair supervisor at 828-324-4663.
Recently, Habitat Catawba Valley entered into a new partnership with Copperweld Building Wire who donated their new Cu-Clad NM brand of Building Wire for our most recent houses in Northstone. They even sent a team of folks to help guide us through the install on the first project!
"I have to admit, I went to Hickory believing I had a pretty good grasp on the works of Habitat for Humanity. But after spending a few hours with Derek, I gained a new appreciation for all that takes place behind the scenes. In my personal view, it’s the most worthwhile organization in the country. It’s a place where monies and time that are donated actually work and produce something physical and immediate that helps people right away. From a Copperweld perspective, we are very proud to be partnering with you and we look forward to more opportunities," said Peter Graser, the Copperweld supervisor on site.
Thanks to Copperweld, and cheers to everyone working to build something better in the Catawba Valley!
Habitat Repairs! in Catawba County is now three years old. Starting with a grant from Thrivent in 2015, and continuing through the generosity of many private and corporate donors, Habitat Repairs! has raised over $1,000,000 to help low income homeowners stay safe, warm and dry in their own homes. We are now working on our 82nd repair.
Our work includes roofs, plumbing, exterior maintenance, painting, handicap ramps, making safe entrances and exits, gutters repairs, decluttering HVAC, and electrical repairs.