Our vision at Habitat for Humanity of Berks County is to be among the major housing leaders in our community for neighborhood revitalization by providing affordable housing and homeownership opportunities for our client families.
Habitat for Humanity of Berks County is a non-profit 501(c)(3) ecumenical Christian charitable organization which exists to create affordable homeownership opportunities with and for moderate-income families. Families who purchase Habitat for Humanity homes must first contribute 400 hours construction labor on a Habitat home, a contribution we call “sweat-equity.” Homes are sold to the families at no profit, and financed by Habitat for Humanity with little or no interest mortgages. The payments made by the families on their mortgages are then used to build more homes in our community. We rely on volunteers and families contributing sweat-equity for the “un-skilled” labor needed to build the homes. Working in this way, we believe we provide families a “hand-up” rather than a “hand-out,” while also providing a way for good people to assist hard-working families in our community.
- Providing families with a decent place to live
- The importance of faith
- Excellence in home construction and volunteer experiences
- Inclusion and diversity
- Respect and gratitude for those who give and those who receive
- Environmental and financial sustainability
Habitat for Humanity of Berks County was founded in 1988 and has completed 60 projects with the help of its donors, volunteers, staff and Board of directors.