HOW IT WORKS
When someone uses a 'Home for a Home' agent to represent them in the purchase of a property, the agent donates a portion of their commission to fund the construction of a home for a family in need. The houses are simple, yet solid. They provide a huge improvement from the conditions most of our recipients are living in before receiving one of our homes.
Currently, we're building houses in the poorest areas of highland Guatemala. Homes are 13 x 19 foot homes, made entirely of reinforced concrete block, with cement floor, corrugated metal roof, with skylight, a metal door with lock, and a metal-framed window with glass. The home is stuccoed and painted inside and out with colors chosen by the home owner and includes a bunk bed.
For more information visit the organization's website at http://homeforahome.org!
We work with people who organize coat drives all across the country. Coats are collected and then given to local agencies that distribute the coats to their clients. Health experts report that even a 2-degree drop in body temperature results in reduced heart rate, loss of coordination, and confusion. Adults cannot work effectively and children find it difficult to learn. For most, a warm coat solves the problem. But, for the now nearly 15% of Americans living in poverty, a warm winter coat is a budget “extra.”
There are nearly 2 billion people around the world who live in slum housing and more than 100 million are homeless. Habitat helps by building or renovating simple, decent houses in partnership with those in need.
Families left homeless by natural disasters, war and civil unrest often face dire housing situations as they struggle to rebuild their lives. We provide shelter and housing assistance to help these families recover.
For more information visit the organization's website at http://www.habitatgsf.org!