STATEHOUSE (Nov. 22, 2016) – Statehouse lawmakers and Habitat for Humanity are teaming up this legislative session to help build a home for a low-income family and raise awareness of the need for affordable housing.
Indiana House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City), Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) and Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) joined officials from Habitat today to formally announce their partnership.
In March, lawmakers will trade their pens for hammers on the south lawn of the Statehouse to build wall panels, which will be transported to a home site for a Hoosier family in need. Legislators and staff already launched a new and used tool drive, and donations will help build homes across Indiana.
“Having a comfortable and affordable place to call home is a real-life struggle for many hardworking Hoosiers, and Habitat for Humanity helps build homes and hope for those who need it most,” Bosma said. “House Republicans are honored and eager to help support this organization’s mission to help families achieve the stability and self-reliance they need to create better lives for themselves.
“Habitat for Humanity is proud to be named the Indiana General Assembly’s Charity of Choice and honored to serve alongside our legislators to help improve housing for families across Indiana. Over the past 32 years, Habitat has built over 5,000 homes for low-income Hoosier families,” Habitat for Humanity of Indiana State Director Gina Leckron said. “Habitat provides a hand up and not a hand out to those in need. Families help us build their home with volunteers and then purchase it with an affordable 0 percent interest loan.”
“The dream of home ownership is integral to the American Dream we all share,” said House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath of Michigan City. “Habitat for Humanity helps transform that dream into a reality for thousands each and every year. But the realized dream is more than four walls and a roof. In reality, it is the realization of independence and habitat stability for hard-working people who want a better life for their families. The House Democratic Caucus is proud to participate in this worthy project to set an example of how true bipartisanship can build a positive future for our communities.”
“Habitat for Humanity has been doing wonderful work in our local communities for years,” Long said. “Helping our neighbors is a calling we all share. It’s a privilege to join this great organization in their mission to provide help to those in need.”
“The members of the Senate Democrat caucus and I are proud to participate in this partnership to further the organizational mission of Habitat for Humanity,” Lanane said. “The work that they do each year to improve the lives of Hoosiers by providing affordable housing and building stronger communities is unique and irreplaceable. I look forward to working with all four caucuses to make the dream of homeownership for more Hoosier families a reality in the months to come.”
Habitat for Humanity of Indiana is a non-profit organization serving 75 counties. The organization sells homes with affordable, interest-free mortgages. To begin the application process, families must demonstrate their ability to pay a mortgage and manage their finances. Once a family is accepted into the program, they contribute sweat equity hours and attend homebuyer education classes.
Homeowners and construction volunteers build under trained supervision and contribute thousands of hours of labor to further reduce home building costs. Individuals, corporations, faith groups and others provide donations that make up the vital financial support needed to build these homes. Habitat will launch a fundraising campaign in December to raise the funds needed for the Statehouse build.