Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County: Providing Home Ownership Through Sweat Equity
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Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County (HFHWC) brings the community together to build decent, affordable housing and hope for people in need. Habitat provides a “hand up” to home ownership through sweat equity, donor generosity, volunteer labor and interest-free mortgages. Formed as an all-volunteer organization in 1999 as Georgetown Habitat for Humanity and since merged with Round Rock Habitat for Humanity to form Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County, Texas. HFHWC has built 63 homes in partnership with 68 families and their children.
The benefits of Habitat homeownership are numerous to the family and their community. Habitat homeowners:
* Typically pay less for their mortgage than renting which means they can save money for the future.
* Build credit through on-time mortgage payments and financial equity through their home as an asset.
* Have a stable home to thrive and grow in; their children are more likely achieve a higher level of education, allowing for more professional opportunities.
* Are more engaged in their community, caring about safety and well-being, and long-term value.
* Revitalize the community by maintaining their new home and encouraging others to do so, as well.
* Pay city and county property taxes (more than the vacant lot that was there) like everyone else.
Support the programs and mission of Habitat for Humanity Williamson County through The Georgetown ReStore, non-profit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used building materials, appliances and household fixtures to the general public, including DIY, artists, contractors and bargain shoppers. Proceeds from the Georgetown ReStore financially support the programs and mission of Habitat for Humanity Williamson County. The ReStore also diverts over 200 tons of materials from the landfills each year through resale and by breaking down material components for recycling.