We Envision A World Where Everyone Has a Decent Place to Live.
No matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve to have a decent life. We deserve to feel strength and stability day after day. We deserve to know we have the power to take care of ourselves and build our own futures.
At West Orange Habitat for Humanity, this is what unites us. Through shelter, we empower. Our shared vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Because you, me, we — we’re all humans. And every single one of us deserves the opportunity for a better future.
how we make decent housing affordable
We offer a hand up for families in need of decent, solidly built, affordable housing. Our homeowner partners are offered an opportunity to escape substandard (and often unhealthy) living conditions and own (and build equity in) a home they can derive great pride from, call their own, and connect deeply with. The transition from substandard living conditions to homeownership is truly transformational for these families, and these positive impacts ripple through the generations to come. West Orange Habitat designs and constructs its homes in a cost-sensitive manner, and utilizes volunteer labor and market-discounted or donated materials whenever available. Homeowner families also are required to work diligently and commit between 300 to 400 hours of "sweat equity" in the construction of their home (and/or their neighbors' homes) and in classroom instruction covering a multitude of important topics such as budgeting, financial management, debt reduction strategies, and essential aspects of home maintenance. Upon successful completion of the process, our homeowner families receive title to their homes at a price discounted to market and with an interest-free mortgage that is structured to keep the monthly payments affordable.