Fast Facts about Flower City Habitat for Humanity
- Mission: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Flower City Habitat brings people together to build homes, community, and hope.
- 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.
- Since 1984 we have helped 221 families with decent affordable housing by building or remodeling homes throughout the city of Rochester.
- Each year, nearly 3,000 people volunteer to help build houses under the expert supervision of our professional construction supervisors, who teach unskilled volunteers five days a week.
- By building on vacant lots or rehabilitating abandoned houses, FCHH has placed over $9.3 million back onto the city and county tax rolls since 1984.
- The cost of each house is covered by foundations, individuals, corporations, organizations, congregations, and some federal grants.
- 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.
- Example of educational classes include: financial literacy courses, how to buy insurance, home maintenance, safety & security, etc.
- Homes are not given away for free; homeowners 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