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Habitat for Humanity Hemet
San Jacinto Affiliate
PO Box 1574
San Jacinto, CA 92581-1574
951-658-0235
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MISSION STATEMENT:
"Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope."

PROGRAM INTRODUCTION:
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, tax-exempt, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to working with people in need to improve the conditions in which they live. Its major purpose is to build homes for people who live in sub-standard housing and cannot afford to improve their living standards by conventional mean. We are a volunteer driven organization.

In the thirty one years that Habitat For Humanity International has been in existence they have built over 212,000 houses would which provide needed shelter for over 1,000,000 people through volunteer labor and donation.  There are over  2500 affiliates in 100 different countries

The local Affiliate was formed in October of 1993 and affiliated in 1996.
21 houses have been providing simple decent shelter for over 100 people. The proceeds from this race will go to provide material for another house.

OBJECTIVES:
Our objective to eliminate poverty housing and make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action within the Valley.

METHODS:
The houses that Habitat builds are constructed or renovated using as much volunteer labor and donated materials as possible. Habitat can accept government support for land acquisition, site preparation, permits, and administrative costs, but must raise the materials for each house. This is the purpose of the Marathon. The houses are then sold, for the cost of the materials only, to very low income families in need at NO INTEREST/NO PROFIT.
The cost of a house is repaid over a fixed time period at payments that the family can afford. These payments are then recycled to build more houses. The homeowners are required to participate in the construction of their own home with 500 hours of "Sweat Equity" (labor).

RESULTS:
We have seen the effects that working side-by-side has on the recipients and the volunteers. The volunteers get a better understanding of the reasons that keep families at the poverty level. The families learn some construction skills that will help them for a life time. Most of the homeowners have had promotions since receiving their homes. Their children have graduated from high school and college. Our Board members have employed some of the family members in their businesses. Some of the recipient homeowners are now Board Members. Many of the families donate their time and resources to Habitat's program. They are not just homeowners they are confident people who have become vital members of the community.