About Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity
The mission of Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity is to eliminate poverty housing in Southeast New Hampshire.
We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that works to strengthen families and communities through affordable homeownership opportunities. Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with corporations, like-minded community groups, faith-based organizations, and individual volunteers to develop communities by building and renovating simple, decent, affordable homes with hard-working people who are in need.
We partner with families whose income is above public housing guidelines and who are unable to qualify for conventional mortgages. Qualified families are given a hand up (not a hand out), and they pay a monthly no-interest mortgage to Habitat. These monies, in turn, go back into building more, simple, decent, affordable homes. Habitat is committed to developing and uplifting families and communities in addition to constructing houses.
Since our founding in 1990, we have built or rehabilitated 15 homes in Dover, Gonic, Northwood, Rochester, Somersworth and Farmington. To date, Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity's largest completed project was a three-home community in Farmington called Joseph Halley Way. Our projects have placed more than 50 people in quality housing. In addition, we are now helping to fund the construction of our first home in Costa Rica through our sister affiliate.Towns We Serve
Costa Rica Partnership
About Habitat for Humanity InternationalHabitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. HFHI has built more than 300,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1.5 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. HFHI was founded in 1976 by the late Millard Fuller and his wife, Linda.
Towns We Serve
All of Strafford County:Barrington
Parts of Rockingham County:Brentwood
Working With Our International Partner in Costa RicaEach year, Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity gives 10% of our unrestricted donations to Habitat for Humanity International in a tithe, which has enabled the building of more than 25 homes internationally. Combined with the 15 homes we've built locally since 1990, that means we've been able to change the lives of 40 families – all because of your support!
In 2009, our affiliate put a face to our tithe and designated our tithe to the Habitat for Humanity Costa Rica program. This decision didn’t come easily. There are so many deserving programs, and needy families, all over the world. It’s heartbreaking to see the stories, but uplifting to meet the representatives of these worldwide affiliates who believe so strongly in the Habitat mission. Habitat for Humanity Costa Rica supports several initiatives, in addition to traditional home construction.Habitat's Work in Costa Rica
- New families served this year: 449*
- Total homes constructed/rehabilitated: 1,186
- House sponsorship cost: US $14,020
Housing need in Costa Rica
Though Costa Rica has a fairly stable economy, large government deficits – due to interest payments on exorbitant internal debt – have undermined efforts to maintain the quality of social services. Inflation rates remain at more than 10% while an estimated 35% of the population has inadequate housing.
Appropriate Social Interest Housing
A three-year project to help 1,850 families through a combination of new housing, home improvements and access to land. Target population includes marginalized groups (women, immigrants, the elderly and disabled). This program also provides financial literacy training, home maintenance and community activities.
This project is aimed at educating and accompanying partner families in the planning and administration of their home economy. The manuals and methodology used are the result of a project designed by Habitat for Humanity International and financed by Citi Foundation. Through a series of workshops, families learn to administer their income and expenses, design a budget, and follow a savings plan. Families also learn about the risks and advantages of taking out loans with Habitat for Humanity or other organizations.
In addition to the projects above, Habitat for Humanity Costa Rica continues to build complete homes. Homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, helping to build their houses and the houses of others, together with volunteers. Their monthly payments go into a local rotating fund, which allows the construction of new homes.
To learn more about the mission and projects of Habitat for Humanity Costa Rica, please visit their website at www.habitatcostarica.org.
Travel and Build with Global Village
Take a Global Village trip and help people in a different part of the world build Habitat houses. Available trips to Costa Rica include: