Research Summary: Beneficial Impacts of Homeownership

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Homeownership is a crucial foundation for helping low-income families find a path out of poverty. When they move out of substandard housing and into simple, decent, affordable homes, homeowners and their families frequently improve their health, educational attainment, safety and personal wealth.

"A quality home is more than just a roof and walls," said Renée Glover, chair of Habitat for Humanity International's Board of Directors. "It provides homeowners with feelings of stability and pride, as well as generating measurable results such as decreased doctor visits and increased high school graduation rates."

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Your Voice Matters: Housing Survey

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Quality housing is a critical factor in building a future for Catawba County that is economically vibrant for years to come. And your voice matters! Therefore, we are proud to announce that Habitat Catawba Valley has teamed up with the Catawba County Chamber, Catawba County EDC, and the Catawba Valley Association of Realtors to create a county-wide housing survey.

We are seeking the input of BOTH Catawba County employers AND local employees to better understand the following:

  • Current status and perceptions of your business and employees as it pertains to the recruitment and retention of talent
  • The effect of the Catawba County housing market on the recruitment & retention of talent
  • Decision-making factors that contribute to local employees choosing to live in or outside of Catawba County

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Habitat Catawba Valley Receives the 2018 Housing North Carolina Award

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.

Click here for the full press release.

Local Habitat Home Earns Award for Energy-Efficiency

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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

View the DOE's Tour of Julia II

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Habitat Repairs! Launches New Partners Program

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.

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