Fast Facts about Flower City Habitat for Humanity
- Flower City Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1984 by Roger and Barbara Cross as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, an ecumenical Christian housing ministry.
- We have built or rehabilitated over 200 homes in the City of Rochester making us one of the largest Habitat affiliates in the northeast United States. We are currently building between 7 - 10 houses per year.
- Each year, 1,700 people volunteer to help build houses under the expert supervision of our professional construction supervisors, who teach unskilled volunteers five days a week.
- Building on vacant lots or rehabilitating abandoned houses, FCHH has placed over $7 million of housing back onto the city and county tax rolls since 1984.
- The cost of each house is covered by foundations, individuals, corporations, organizations and congregations.
- Eligible families earn between 35-70% of the median income for the greater Rochester area (at least; $23,695 for a family of four in 2015.)
- Each family must contribute a minimum of 300 hours of "sweat equity" before moving into their home. Hours include house construction work, financial and other educational classes, and community service hours. Homeowners also agree to repay a no-profit mortgage on their home.
More Than Building Houses
Flower City Habitat is much more than just building houses. We are responsible for:
- land acquisition
- family selection
- residential construction
- mortgage lending, servicing & property closings
- family support & advocacy
- volunteer recruitment, management & nurture
- fundraising & development
- public relations
- business management, accounting & administration
- event planning (house dedications, special events, fundraisers)
- Christian ministry