Habitat for Humanity: 100-home challenge

In North Carolina in the United States, the demand for affordable and quality housing is at a premium. Around 300,000 families spend more than half of their gross income on housing, some 10,518 homes go without heat in winter and 16,548 lack indoor plumbing. Oak grantee Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina has an ambitious project to help combat this crisis: the 100-home challenge to build a home in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties.

Thanks to a partnership with State Employees Credit Union Foundation (SECU), and Oak, the SECU Habitat Mountain to the Sea 100 home challenge has already finished homes in four counties since beginning in 2015, with many more due to be completed by the end of the summer. “The SECU Habitat Challenge embodies the cooperative spirit of helping others,” remarked Joan Maki, Advisory Board member of SECU’s Franklin branch. “Habitat homes are built on hopes and dreams and the hard work of future homeowners, Habitat families and volunteers.”

The project is expected to conclude by the end of February 2018, adding to the more than 7,500 new homes Habitat has produced since 1983. “We are proud to support Habitat for Humanity NC in its efforts to address the need for affordable housing in North Carolina,” said Millie Brobston, programme officer in Oak’s Chapel Hill office.

To find out more about the SECU Habitat Challenge and the work of Habitat for Humanity NC visit their website.

© Eva Hermes Doherty