Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to build a world where everyone has a safe, decent place to live. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has been a valuable partner in that mission.
We would like to thank HUD for its continued support through HOME, SHOP, and CDBG funding!
HUD’s Home Investment Partnership Program, also known as HOME, helps organizations like Habitat make decent, affordable housing possible for low-income Americans who are ready to become successful, first-time homeowners. Habitat uses Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP) funds to buy land, foreclosed and abandoned properties, and to build infrastructure. Habitat for Humanity Prince William County purchased five lots using SHOP funds in the 1990s and built its first five homes through its home ownership program on those lots.
Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) help Habitat renew and revitalize communities. Projects using these grants improve housing, the environment of the community as a whole, and increase economic activities. HUD’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) grants help Habitat purchase homes in neighborhoods hit hard by the foreclosure crisis.
A Family Partner supported by the Neighborhood Stabilization Program
Despite having been working full time for 15 years, home ownership had seemed like an impossible dream for Laura Reidl. This single mother of twin daughters and a son, however, refused to give up. Laura attended Habitat for Humanity’s family selection orientation in 2011 after learning about an available home in Haymarket. She knew it would be the perfect house for them because they had been living in the area for years and loved it there.
Habitat purchased a three-bedroom townhouse on Rising Sun Lane using NSP funds. Rehabbed by 125 volunteers who donated 1,520 volunteer hours to the project, the home is EarthCraft certified. EarthCraft requires every building it certifies to address indoor air quality, making the homes healthier and comfortable, use less energy, and protect the environment.
With help from HUD, our volunteers, and our sponsors, the dream of home ownership came true for this family.
Affordable housing truly is an investment in our future.
Stable housing impacts multiple generations. For example, it’s believed that almost 40 percent of diagnosed asthma in children is related to residential exposures¹. A healthier child is more likely to receive an adequate education. If they receive an adequate education, they can get a decent job and care for their families. The homeowner’s child is given hope and the tools needed to break the cycle of poverty.
Habitat for Humanity homeowner surveys have also shown improved grades in school, better financial health, and parents who are more able to meet their family’s needs. Increased job retention and productivity, greater tax generation, and more opportunities for economic growth are all linked to increased access to quality housing.²
Thank you HUD, for your support of Habitat’s programs!
Habitat for Humanity Prince William County
- Pacheco CM, Ciaccio CE, Nazir N, et al. Homes of low-income minority families with asthmatic children have increased condition issues. Allergy and Asthma Proceedings. 2014;35(6):467-474. doi:10.2500/aap.2014.35.3792.
- “Impacts of Habitat for Humanity ‘Homeownership” Wilder Research, 2015.