About Habitat for Humanity of Durham County
On average, Habitat for Humanity of Durham builds 20-22 homes a year!
Durham Habitat is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization that seeks to build homes, hope, and community. Durham Habitat is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.
Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
About Durham County, North Carolina
Durham is a creative, innovative community that is always doing something new and exciting. It is the home of Duke University and North Carolina Central University.
According to Durham Affordable Housing Coalition, Durham has the most statistically significant housing need among all cities in North Carolina. The Triangle area, comprised of Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill, has the state's highest per-capita income. As a result, the area also has the state's most expensive housing market. At the same time, Durham has the lowest home-ownership rate in the region at 20 percentage points below the statewide and national averages.
With the average two-bedroom rental at more than $825 city wide, many working families in Durham are forced to live in unsafe neighborhoods where rent tends to be less expensive. Approximately 35,000 Durham neighbors live in overcrowded conditions, structurally unsound buildings, or with rent that they can’t afford according to Durham’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness. Conversations with homeowner partners reveal that the majority of children living in Durham Habitat homes previously lived in homes so dangerous they were not allowed to play outside. The City of Durham has more children living in rental housing than owner-occupied housing proving further the need for a larger stock of safe and affordable housing. Studies have shown children living in stable housing are more likely to perform better in school, and will be more likely to go to college.
Through affordable homeownership and repairs, Habitat closes the gap between poverty and a sustainable lifestyle of opportunities for education, health and wealth.