Scott County Habitat for Humanity started with the idea of forming a Habitat affiliate in Georgetown from two men, Tom Scholl and Ed Boden on January 8, 1990 at Mallard Point Baptist church. Since the founding of Scott County Habitat for Humanity, the mission and scope of the Scott County affiliate has grown in the more than 27 years since that time. In our humble beginnings, our dream of building homes for deserving, but needy families in our county was limited to repairing homes because of a lack of funds. Since that time, we have created a Habitat Village in the City of Georgetown with 31 homes, and have built a total of 36 homes in Scott County and have plans to impact many more families in this community in the years to come.
Our Vision & Mission
Vision Statement: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Mission Statement: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.
1. Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ: We undertake our work to demonstrate the love and teachings of Jesus, acting in all ways in accord with the belief that God’s love and grace abound for all, and that we must be “hands and feet” of that love and grace in our world. We believe that, through faith, the minuscule can be multiplied to accomplish the magnificent, and that, in faith, respectful relationships can grow among all people.
2. Focus on shelter: We have chosen, as our means of manifesting God’s love, to create opportunities for all people to live in decent, durable shelter. We put faith into action by helping to build, renovate or preserve homes, and by partnering with others to accelerate and broaden access to affordable housing as a foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty.
3. Advocate for affordable housing: In response to the prophet Micah’s call to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God, we promote decent, affordable housing for all, and we support the global community’s commitment to housing as a basic human right. We will advocate for just and fair housing policy to eliminate the constraints that contribute to poverty housing. And, in all of our work, we will seek to put shelter on hearts and minds in such powerful ways that poverty housing becomes socially, politically and religiously unacceptable.
4. Promote dignity and hope: We believe that no one lives in dignity until everyone can live in dignity. We believe that every person has something to contribute and something to gain from creating communities in which all people have decent, affordable places to live. We believe that dignity and hope are best achieved through equitable, accountable partnerships.
5. Support sustainable and transformational development: We view our work as successful when it transforms lives and promotes positive and lasting social, economic and spiritual change within a community; when it is based on mutual trust and fully shared accomplishment; and when it demonstrates responsible stewardship of all resources entrusted to us.
Non-Proselytizing Statement, Adoption date: June 2012
1.0 Purpose: This policy applies to Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations (HFH). The purpose of the policy is: 1) To provide internal and external clarity regarding HFH’s approach to humanitarian aid and development assistance as a Christian ministry; 2) To ensure alignment with recognized international standards on acceptable humanitarian aid and development assistance practices.
2.0 Policy: Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations (HFH) will not proselytize. Nor will HFH work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with HFH. This means that HFH will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must (i) adhere to or convert to a particular faith or (ii) listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.
3.0 Rationale: Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry dedicated to a vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. HFH conducts its programs in ways that are sensitive and respectful to the cultural context and the local faith community and reflect our belief that all are created in God’s image and deserve to be treated without discrimination. Globally, faith-based organizations from all religions approach their work with a range of motivations that inform their development approach. This policy is intended to ensure that HFH conforms to recognized global standards that clearly state that agencies may not condition the receipt of assistance or participation in their work on any requirement that people listen and respond to a message intended to induce people to join a religious movement, political party, or other cause or organization. HFHI’s motivation is to unite people around the concept of “putting God’s love into action” along with others from all faiths or with no faith convictions who are interested in helping those in need of improved shelter.
• Habitat for Humanity Vision, Mission and Principles
• Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Advocacy Tool Kit
• International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 1966 (Article 18)
• Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response (SPHERE project)
• The Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief
What is Scott County Habitat for Humanity? Scott County Habitat for Humanity and dba Bourbon County Habitat is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI). We are an ecumenical Christian ministry partnering with volunteers and donors to eliminate substandard, overcrowded housing. Families in need achieve homeownership by purchasing simple, decent affordable homes they help build with community partners. Scott County Habitat serves Scott and Bourbon County with their home building program.
Who does Habitat serve? Our affiliate serves hard-working, low-income families who are currently living in sub-standard and/or overcrowded conditions, who meet Habitat homeownership requirements and would not be served by traditional lending agencies. We target families who earn 60%-80% percent of the area median income in the counties we serve.
Where does Habitat build? Scott County Habitat and dba Bourbon County Habitat builds in Scott County and Bourbon County. We have created a Habitat Village in the City of Georgetown with and currently have plans to build home #40. We also have plans to build a new Habitat home in Bourbon County serving a family in the community. Finding suitable build lots has grown increasingly more difficult, and we continually look for affordable sites in both Scott and Bourbon County. If you are interested in donating or selling land please contact us.
How does Habitat decide who can purchase a house? Scott County Habitat’s Family Selection Committee carefully screens applicants. Families are chosen on the basis of need, ability to repay a mortgage for 20-30 years and willingness to provide 500 hours of sweat equity. Additional requirements are that applicants must live or work in Scott County for a minimum of twelve months prior to filing the application, have a steady source of income for two years prior to filing the application or one year if employed by the same employer for one year and have a total household income that does not exceed 60 percent of the median income for similar families in Scott County.
Are Habitat houses free? No. Habitat is a “hand up”, not a handout. As an investment in their homes, our partner families agree to provide up to 500 hours (depending on family size) of sweat equity. This includes working on their own home or other Habitat homes and attending workshops on subjects like home homeowner education, financial/budgeting classes and homeowner maintenance classes. Each family has an affordable mortgage that is repaid over a term of up to thirty years. If a partner family qualifies, Scott County Habitat and dba Bourbon County Habitat may partner with USDA Rural Housing to secure a mortgage loan. Each home is sold using an independent appraisal to value the new construction. The home is fully owned by the family at the end of the mortgage period. If the house is sold at any time during the mortgage period, Habitat for Humanity has the right of first refusal and will receive a percentage of any profit made from the sale. The intention is to provide a simple, decent, affordable home for our partner families.
Do Habitat families have to make a down payment on their homes? No cash down payment is required, but recipients must be able to save for their first year’s homeowner insurance and escrow for taxes and contribute up to 500 hours of sweat equity in service to Scott County Habitat or dba Bourbon County Habitat (working on their own home, helping with other Habitat houses and attending workshops).
Does Scott/Bourbon County Habitat help its homebuyers learn about financial management and care of their new property? Yes. We require attendance at classes in budgeting, money management, home and yard maintenance, legal issues related to homeownership and many others. We want to help ensure our Partner Families are as prepared as possible for the responsibilities of homeownership.
How are funds raised to construct Habitat houses? Individuals, corporations, our faith community, civic organizations, grants, and foundations all come together to fund and build the Habitat houses. Other sources of income include profits from our ReStore and from mortgage payments made by current Habitat homeowners.
How is Scott/Bourbon County Habitat run and who makes the decisions? Scott/Bourbon County Habitat has a local board of directors made up of members from both communities who donate their time and talents to improve their community. This board sets policies, establishes annual goals and ensures that Habitat activities remain true to its mission. As financial stewards they monitor the ethical standards in Habitat accounting practices. Daily tasks of the organization are run by staff and volunteers in the community.
What is the ReStore? Scott County Habitat opened the ReStore in early 2006. It is a resale store for a variety of donated items, including building supplies, furniture, appliances and home goods. Donations, both new and gently used, come from corporations, home construction companies, and individuals in Scott, Bourbon, Harrison, Owen, Woodford and Franklin Counties. Items are sold to the general public at 40% to 90% off retails prices. The profits made from reselling this merchandise provide much needed funding for Habitat and benefit the community by recycling products, thus reducing landfill use. The ReStore is located at 122 B Frasier Court in Georgetown near Walmart.
Scott County Habitat for Humanity has a Board of Directors, Executive Director, office and construction staff, and our ReStore staff. Our Board Committees carry out the bulk of the work that makes SCHFH the success we are. Here is a summary of our committees’ work.
Nominating Committee: This committee proposes the slates of candidates for offices and committee assignments at our annual meeting.
Fundraising Committee: This committee plans and coordinates fundraising activities and special events. If you are experienced in this area, we always can use talent here.
Site Selection Committee: This committee determines where the affiliate should build and looks for available property in those areas and recommends the purchase of these properties. The committee also must work with city officials, neighborhood associations, and property owners. This includes assuring that the necessary utilities are available and that zoning ordinances will permit the construction of the home. With the help of the Construction Committee, they determine if the selected property is appropriate for building.
Finance Committee: This committee oversees financial transactions (receipts and expenditures), and maintains appropriate records.
Construction Committee: This committee is one of our most important. If you have experience as a construction owner, expert laborer, etc, you will find GREAT pleasure in working on this committee. All our “on-the-ground” outcomes happen as a direct result of this committee’s work, which includes:
• Collaboration with Site Selection Committee (suitability for build)
• Development and Presentation of Plans for homes
• Drawings and Bills of Materials
• Coordination of Construction Process
• Organization of Volunteers
• Contracting Process
Family Selection and Nurture Committee: This committee also has a very important function. Competition for our homes is stiff. This committee selects the best-qualified family, then coaches them through their first year of home ownership. If you are a financial planner, social worker, family counselor, or other related professional, this committee will value your knowledge and help.
ReStore Committee: This committee monitors the activities of the ReStore donations and operations.
YOU have something with which “to build”–including in committee service. We hope you will consider your talents, education, work experience, and interests and how you may serve with Scott and Bourbon County Habitat. Please call our office or use our Volunteer Form.