The mission to provide affordable housing for low-income families is one that the Habitat for Humanity has been working on for over 30 years.
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that operates worldwide to assist in building affordable housing and creating healthy communities for people to work and live in. In Trenton, Habitat for Humanity operates under this same mission. The organization receives sizable monetary and land donations from outside benefactors, but the operation is much more complex than what meets the eye. Building homes on a tight budget to keep the space affordable, testing soil for chemicals and other hazardous materials to ensure the safety of the property, finding a building crew and a cast of volunteers for demolition and construction, and meeting building requirements, zoning codes, and safety regulations are just a handful of the challenges Habitat for Humanity faces when taking on a building project and striving to fulfill its noble mission.
Soil testing and remediation can cost thousands of dollars. Habitat volunteers help a tremendous amount in construction work, but the organization must hire professionals to do certain jobs, which adds additional costs to building.
You can learn more about the challenge of building affordable housing by playing these games:
Research and Remediation
or by watching this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOV6rPhn7Rc
In what ways can Habitat for Humanity fundraise, gain volunteers, and raise support for its cause?
Habitat for Humanity Trenton: