City Lifestyle

Want to start a publication?

Learn More

Featured Article

The Gift of Affordable Housing

Holidays are a time for giving. You might not think there is an opportunity to give somewhere locally all year or if there is even a need…but the Habitat for Humanity of Medina County ReStore, will change your perspective. 

The Habitat for Humanity is just one part of the incredible non-profit Christian housing ministry right here in Medina County. Building and renovating safe, decent and affordable homes to sell to low-income families is the main mission of this organization.

Executive Director Tom O’Connell explains that everyone needs and deserves a decent and affordable place to live regardless of race, religion, age and gender, and all are welcome to apply or volunteer. He explains that homes are not given away but instead sold with a zero-interest mortgage and an affordable monthly payment. To be eligible for a Habitat house, those interested must first meet three areas of qualifications: need, willing to partner and ability to pay. There is also a level of “sweat equity” required from the accepted applicant. The passion and determination to help yourself is half of the journey and is what makes the mission of Habitat for Humanity, so special and unique.

Once accepted into the Habitat program, the applicant must be currently living in substandard housing. Besides the “sweat equity” part of the journey, the applicant must also be willing to take educational classes and complete the proper paperwork.   

This program is made possible by the local businesses, organizations, churches and individuals that donate their time, materials and talent. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore also plays an integral role. In addition to providing gently used home appliances and furniture at an affordable price to members of the community, all profits from the donated items that are sold in the ReStore go directly to purchasing property and building Habitat homes.

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity of Medina County and how can give back for the holidays (or anytime), visit Tom says, "The mere foundation of success is community-based because without our volunteers and donated items, [Habitat] would be unable to give back to the community and continue its mission.