Location: 525 West Union Street, Athens OH 45701
Contact: Kenneth Oehlers, Executive Director
Founded in 1990, Habitat for Humanity of Southeast Ohio builds safe, affordable, decent houses for qualified homebuyers regardless of race, religion or background. Athens County Habitat for Humanity partners with hard working families in need of decent housing, and with local churches, businesses, service groups and individuals.
The homeowners build and purchase their houses through no-profit, no-interest mortgages while contributing hundreds of hours of sweat equity labor working on their house and the houses of others. Mortgage payments are placed in a revolving fund for Humanity to finance the construction of even more houses.
The houses built are safe, decent, affordable homes which are sold for no profit to the partner family who repays an affordable mortgage over 20 years. Homeowners attend a series of workshops on financial literacy and home maintenance so they are well prepared to be homeowners.
Changing a plot of dirt into a house is dramatic, but the real change is what happens when a family transitions out of poverty housing. Affordable homeownership makes new opportunities available to these families and their children, including savings, a sense of security, space to grow, and good neighbors.
Volunteering on the work site is a fun, hands-on opportunity for individuals and groups to build homes alongside future Habitat homeowners. No experience required! Construction volunteers do carpentry, roofing, siding, interior trim, painting, and landscaping. New volunteers receive coaching from more experienced volunteers and from staff. You can also volunteer with Habitat’s Deconstruction Team to strip kitchen cabinets and salvage other materials for sale in the ReStore.