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Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:26

Thanks to Justin Ward and WDBJ 7 for their great coverage of the work we are doing on Hughes Street. It is so important to Danville and the region for people to learn more about Habitat and the work we do to give people a hand up by partnering to build affordable housing. See the coverage at http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/danville-habitat-for-humanity-to-build-entire-neighborhood/27647768

 
IMPACT OF NON-PROFITS ON LOCAL ECONOMY
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:49

 

Non-profit organizations such as Danville-Pittsylvania County Habitat for Humanity (DPCHFH) are often overlooked in economic development and impact studies. In addition, they are often misrepresented. For example, many people still think DPCHFH gives away homes when they actually partner with qualified families to build homes which the family then buys through the DPCHFH mortgage program. A recent study by the Northern Rocky Mountain Economic Development District (NRMEDD) provides some clues as to the positive economic impact of DPCHFH.

NRMEDD examined the economic impact of non-profit organizations in the Bozeman, Livingston, Gallatin and Park counties area of Montana. They found that for each one (1) dollar spent by a non-profit three (3) dollars in economic activity was generated. Using the same multiplier for DPCHFH reveals a significant economic impact on the region. For example, the DPCHFH operating budget for 2014-15 will generate $1,027,800 in economic activity in the area. The economic impact of the mortgages held by DPCFH are slightly more difficult to assess. Using the NRMEDD multiplier than the economic impact is $1,516,470. Missing from the estimate are the real estate taxes home owners pay to local governments.

DPCHFH has impacts that go beyond quantitative economic measures. Homeowners, compared to renters, are more active in their communities, take advantage of educational opportunities, and report higher levels of self-esteem and happiness when compared to renters ("Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing," NAR, 2013). The same report goes on to note that “homeowners have more invested both financially and emotionally. . . . homeowners are more motivated to deter crime by forming and implementing voluntary crime prevention programs. In addition, it is easier for homeowners to recognize perpetrators in stable neighborhoods because of extensive social ties. Unstable neighborhoods often display social disorganization which can lead to higher levels of crime.” Students in family owned homes perform at a higher educational level, have lower teen pregnancy rates, and lower school drop-out rates.

Looking at DPCHFH through an economic impact lens reverses the conventional wisdom which assumes that non-profits are not important to the economy. If one adds the economic impact of groups such as the Boys and Girls Club, DPCHFH, God’s Pit Crew, God’s Storehouse, and other non-profits in Danville-Pittsylvania County together then the non-profit sector is a multi-million dollar economic contributor. The next time you make a donation to a non-profit such as DPCHFH think of it as an economic stimulus and as an investment in the future.

 

 

 
DPCHFH Dedicates 42nd Home
Monday, 04 August 2014 14:26

Danville-Pittsylvania County Habitat for Humanity (DPCHFH), along with community leaders, supporters, homeowner families and friends, celebrated the completion of construction on its 42nd home at a dedication ceremony in Danville on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 10:00am. It was an exciting and emotional gathering as Martha Pickney saw the dream of becoming a homeowner realized. “I am so excited to be able to say I own my own home,” said Martha Pinkney, the new homeowner. “I won’t have to constantly ask a landlord to fix something. I will have heat in every room.”

One of the major misconceptions about Habitat for Humanity is that it gives away homes. Like all Habitat homeowners, Ms. Pinkney made a $500 downpayment and will continue to make monthly payments on a low-cost, no-interest mortgage, which in turn will go toward building more DPC Habitat homes. Pickney also participated in educational programs designed to strengthen the entire family and help to ensure her success as a new homeowner. In addition, Ms. Pickney and her family contributed 200 hours of “sweat equity” working on the construction of their home and the homes of others.

Anyone who knows Ms. Pinkney knows that she is no stranger to hard work. A New Jersery native, Ms. Pinkney moved to Danville in 1977 and began working at Dan River Mills, where she remained for twenty-five years. After the mill closed, she worked at a factory near Martinsville before finding a job in housekeeping at Danville Regional Medical Center. Ms. Pickney said she would still be working now, had her health not prevented it. She has a medical condition that has required dialysis four times each day. Due to the improved cleanliness and air circulation in her new home, Ms. Pinkney will now transition to nighttime dialysis. She said, “Nightime dialysis will make it possible for me to look for a job. As long as there’s no heavy lifting, there’s no reason why I can’t work.”

 
HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT
Friday, 01 August 2014 12:57

Today I had the wonderful opportunity to speak to the Church Women United of Danville. The group is affiliated with the national Church Women United an interracial, interdenominational group of women who have been meeting around the nation for over 45 years. I enjoyed their fellowship and the opportunity to think about housing as a human right. As a nation, we seem to have forgotten that the US signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 which declared that “everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services.” The right to housing was later recognized as a freestanding right by the UN in 1991.

Even before the UN declarations, President Franklin D. Roosevelt had proposed a Second Bill of Rights during his State of the Union Address on January 11, 1944. Roosevelt's "economic bill of rights" included the right to:

Employment, with a living wage

Food, clothing and leisure

Housing

Medical care

Social security

Education

It has been some 66 years since the US signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and some 70 years since FDR’s Second Bill of Rights proposal. These can be read as promissory notes for safe, affordable housing for all people. Isn’t it time that America made good on its moral promises and obligations?

 
SAVE THE DATE
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:28

 

Habitat will host its annual Building Hope Breakfast this fall on October 22, 2014. The Building Hope Breakfast is a signature fundraising event that helps Habitat for Humanity “OPEN DOORS” for low-income families who are dedicated to improving their family’s day to day lives through purchasing affordable homes.

If you would like to receive a formal invitation in the mail, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it using the subject line “Breakfast Invitation.” Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

We are also seeking corporate sponsors for the event. If you would like your business to support the Building Hope Breakfast, submit the corporate sponsorship form and payment to Habitat by August 8, 2014.

We look forward to seeing you October 22 to build hope and OPEN DOORS!

For questions regarding the Building Hope Breakfast or about Danville-Pittsylvania County Habitat for Humanity, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the Habitat office at 434-793-3630.

 
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