For over 10 years, Habitat Bay Waveland has built affordable housing for low-income families in Hancock and Pearl River counties.
What We Do
Habitat for Humanity is one of the most recognized and respected nonprofit organizations in the United States and the world. Most people know that we build affordable housing for hard-working low-income families in Hancock and Pearl River counties, but there’s much more to our story.
We Build Strength
Through homeowner education, we prepare families for the life-changing experience of home ownership. We don’t give houses away; We sell homes to qualified low-income families and give them a 0% interest loan for up to 30 years.
Through engagement, participation, and sacrifice we help families work hard to achieve independence.
Through volunteerism, we help people experience the power of serving others and giving of themselves.
We build strong homes. Stronger families. Stronger volunteers. Stronger communities.
We Build Stability
Our home ownership, critical home repair, and weatherization programs contribute to family stability. Habitat homeowners are all low-income first time home buyers. Almost without exception, they were previously renters. The impact of homeownership on their lives is long lasting and transformative. Some of the impacts include:
- Their children achieve higher educational success and are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college.
- They are less likely to have teenage daughters get pregnant before age 16.
- They increase their civic involvement and become more likely to vote, be involved in community service, and attend church.
- They are less likely to require any form of public assistance.
- They are more likely to be healthy and consider themselves happy.
To read more extensive research on the impact of home ownership on health, well-being, and stability you can read the following studies:
Harvard Joint Center for Housing Study
Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing
We Build Self-Reliance
Since Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976, we’ve sought to “give people a hand up…not a hand out.” This is reflected in everything we do. It’s a by-product of building strength and stability into people’s lives.
We aren’t a give a way program, instead, we partner with financial sponsors and volunteers to build and repair homes. We don’t give houses away; We sell homes to qualified low-income families and give them a 0% interest loan for up to 30 years.