OHFA UPDATE - PAGE 2 - SPRING 2019 A PLACE TO CALL HOME MAGGIE WALTERS HABITAT FOR HUMANITY-MIDOHIO Affordable, decent housing is one of our most basic human needs, yet it is in alarmingly short supply in our neighborhoods and throughout the world. A decent place to call home creates stability, launching families onto a positive trajectory of generational change that includes hope, improved health and a better quality of life. Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio has spent more than a quarter century bringing the dream of homeownership to families in need. Habitat MidOhio offers a program designed to be a hand up, not a hand out, to families. Through hard work, commitment, and hundreds of hours of sweat equity, Habitat MidOhio partner families are breaking the cycle of poverty through homeownership and creating a brighter future for their children. Habitat MidOhio is one of the only housing agencies in Franklin, Licking, and Madison counties targeting first-time homebuyers who earn 30-60% of the area median income. Partner families are chosen after a careful review process during which Habitat assesses a family’s need for housing, ability to repay a zero- interest, no-profit mortgage, and willingness to partner with Habitat MidOhio. Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio was honored to be chosen as this year’s recipient of the proceeds from the 2nd annual Race for a Place (to Call Home) 5K. Thanks to the generosity of Race participants and sponsors, the $15,000 raised will go a long way toward helping local families regain their independence through homeownership or home repair. During fiscal year 2018, Habitat MidOhio served 58 families through new builds and home repair projects. This year Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio set the ambitious goal of serving 100 families, an increase that would not be possible without the help of organizations like the Ohio Housing Finance Agency and Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing and events like the Race for a Place. In addition to our home build and repair programs, Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio also operates two local ReStores that play an important role in the effort to eliminate substandard housing. When the community donates to Habitat’s ReStores, those same donations are purchased by customers, and the proceeds offset most of Habitat MidOhio’s administrative costs. Cash contributions, like the proceeds from the Race for a Place, go directly toward building homes for deserving families. Learn more about ReStore and the donations Habitat accepts at www.restoremidohio.org . For more information on the programs and services offered by Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio visit www.habitatmidohio.org .