Habitat’s model is proven internationally, and locally, hundreds of families have become Habitat homeowners. These families have the ability to provide for necessities such as food, transportation, medical care, and potentially, to send their children to college. I think some changes have to happen one family at a time, and when you give a family an affordable mortgage and the financial literacy and skills to manage a major asset like a home, it will change generations of that family.
President, Greenville Community Foundation
Certainly, home ownership is a big predictor of the success of children. If you speak to any of our principals at our Title I elementary schools and ask them what the turnover of students is in their elementary school, they’ll tell you, 'in excess of 50%.' That is, 50% of the children who start the year at a school don’t finish the year at that school. You can imagine how that affects education and continuity of education. Children who live in homes owned by their parents are not part of that group that “churns;” therefore, they have a much better opportunity for stability in their homes, for stability in their schools, and to achieve stronger educational results. It’s a BIG factor.
Retired CEO, Michelin North America
Education is the driver for all kinds of jobs that are here today and will be here in the future. We need our young people, starting at a very early age, to value education, not only through high school, but beyond high school. Habitat’s homeownership study points out the importance of stability in the home which is so vital to children’s academic success. The homeowner’s participation and contribution to their own success really does make Habitat a unique and valuable program.
President, United Way of Greenville County
The model of Habitat for Humanity—of housing that is affordable, that gives people a good place to go at the end of the day to be with their family, in a safe environment, is clearly one of the most important things that can be provided to individuals—a foundation to move forward with life, successfully.
Partner, Elliott Davis Decosimo
Habitat gives people hope to see past the challenges that they face and the barriers that they have to overcome to succeed. They just need somebody to give them that extra helping hand and give them some hope, and say, 'We’re here to help you along, to get over this hurdle, and you can succeed on your own…' and I think that’s what Habitat is about.
Dr. Keith Miller
President, Greenville Technical College
We see many families who earn under $20,000 and who can’t find affordable housing and can’t meet affordability for not only paying their rent but meeting other needs. So Habitat’s ability to provide homeownership at that lower-income range is very helpful. It provides them with stability in housing and creates safe housing for them. Habitat’s model for individuals having responsibility in building the home that they’re going to live in creates character within the family and places a higher degree of importance on the home they are building.
Former Executive Director, Greenville County Redevelopment Authority