What is the Mission of Patuxent Habitat for Humanity?
The Mission of Patuxent Habitat for Humanity is to have a significant impact on our community by bringing people from all walks of life together in helping their neighbors in need to realize better lives by providing decent, affordable housing in both Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties.
When did Patuxent Habitat for Humanity begin?
Patuxent Habitat for Humanity was incorporated as a non-profit affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International in 2003 serving both Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties.
How does it work?
Through volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Patuxent Habitat for Humanity builds houses with the homeowners. Houses are sold at no profit to selected families with no interest loans issued over a fixed period. Costs of these houses differ relative to location, labor, land, and building materials. A Patuxent Habitat for Humanity house in the area averages approximately $110,000. Affordable monthly mortgage payments are repaid from 20 to 30 years and are used to support the construction of more houses.
How does the partnership with the selected homeowner work?
Patuxent Habitat for Humanity is not a giveaway program, but is a joint venture in which those who benefit from the housing ministry are involved in the work at various levels. Each selected partner-family is required to invest “sweat equity” hours into the construction of their house. This produces a feeling of homeownership among family members, and fosters the development of positive relationships within the community.
How are the partner-families selected?
Families apply to Patuxent Habitat for Humanity through an application orientation workshop. The Family Selection Committee reviews applications based on the family’s need, ability to repay the loan, and willingness to become partners in the program. Patuxent Habitat for Humanity follows a non-discriminatory policy of family selection. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
How is Patuxent Habitat for Humanity funded?
Patuxent Habitat is generously funded by local individuals, churches, corporations, and foundations. Mortgage payments from houses already built are rolled over to finance the construction of other houses. A number of fundraising events are also conducted throughout the year. Patuxent Habitat for Humanity is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible. Local affiliates do not receive any portion of undesignated donations made to Habitat for Humanity International. Donations are distributed as designated by the donor.
How can I become a Volunteer for Patuxent Habitat for Humanity?
Volunteers are needed in every aspect of the organization from Administrative Assistance to do not need to have experience in building houses as training is provided on-site. Board of Director meetings are open to the public and are held monthly. Contact the office for dates and times.
How else can I help?
Spread the word about Patuxent Habitat for Humanity! Provide individual and group prayer support. Raise money! Distribute literature to family, friends, and businesses! Ask your school, organization, or church to invite one of our committee members to be a speaker! Encourage people to designate Patuxent Habitat for Humanity to receive funds through the United Way, Food Lion, McKay’s, or the Combined Federal Campaign.