Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region was founded in 1983 by seven local churches, and has remained a top Habitat for Humanity affiliate since its establishment. Through faith, innovation and passion, and thanks to the support of countless community partners, volunteers, donors and advocates, Habitat Charlotte Region has made a significant impact in Charlotte and the surrounding areas.
Since 1983, it has served over 2,800 families because of its mission to maintain an open-door policy. This means all who believe that everyone deserves a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to be a part of the organization’s work regardless of race, religion, age, gender, politics or any other distinction that too often divides people.
As an official Habitat for Humanity affiliate, Habitat Charlotte Region is part of a global movement that helps families build and improve places to call home. They do so by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Habitat Charlotte Region seeks to expand the availability of affordable homes in the Charlotte region through its vital homeownership program. Through this program, they partner with hard-working families and individuals throughout the Charlotte region to build comfortable, high-quality homes with affordable mortgages.
Habitat Charlotte Region's Critical Home Repair service is also critical, as it allows them to partner with existing homeowners whose homes require major safety and structural repairs. The program provides comprehensive repairs designed to eradicate problems and extend the functional life of the home. Furthermore, it allows the owners to age in place in the safety and security of their own home.
One of Habitat Charlotte Region's newer programs is Money Matters – a financial literacy program designed to help area individuals and families improve their financial knowledge regardless of their current financial situation or involvement with Habitat. Currently, the program is available to residents of Mecklenburg and Iredell counties. The three-week program focuses on homeownership in the Charlotte region and assists program participants in their pursuit of homeownership and improved financial well-being.
In addition to these programs, Habitat Charlotte Region has six key initiatives – Advocacy, AmeriCorps, Construction, Events & Special Builds, International and Neighborhood Revitalization.
Habitat Charlotte Region's Neighborhood Revitalization initiative takes a holistic approach to community growth and transformation. Through Neighborhood Revitalization, Habitat Charlotte Region partners with neighborhood associations, residents, faith communities, local government, other area nonprofits and more to develop and implement a shared vision that meets specific needs identified by the community.
Through their Advocacy initiative, Habitat Charlotte Region lobbies that no family should pay more than half of their paycheck to cover the cost of having a home. They do so by dedicating time to four different areas of focus – expanding resources for affordable home production, enabling equitable access to land, increasing inclusive access to credit and developing communities of opportunity. Focusing on these areas allows the organization to not only advocate but to cultivate strong and healthy futures for all individuals, regardless of their race, religion, age, gender, politics, income and more.
This is just a modest description of Habitat Charlotte Region's initiatives and services. For more information and to find out how you can volunteer and donate, visit HabitatCltRegion.org.