In Williamson County, TN, one of the fastest growing and most affluent areas in the country, there is a significant need for affordable housing, especially among school teachers, healthcare workers, and public service employees. Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury is one of only a few nonprofits in the area meeting this need. Our home ownership program builds strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter and helps families in need achieve the independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.
Interested families must first apply and be accepted into the Habitat Homeo wnership Program. Future homeowners are selected based on their: 1) substandard or inadequate living conditions; 2) limited but adequate incomes; and 3) willingness to partner with our organization. Female heads-of-household with children comprise about 65 percent of our home buyers; minorities and mixed-ethnic/multicultural families, about 80 percent. Household incomes average less than $27,000 per year.
Once qualified, our future homeowners, known as our "partner families," complete a thorough homeowner education program, which includes a personalized budget coach who works with the family to reduce household debt and increase their savings for future needs. Future homeowners must also work hundreds of “sweat equity” hours, which include building on their home and the homes of others alongside local community volunteers. After completion the home is sold to the family with a zero-interest mortgage, keeping monthly payments affordable. The process is life-changing for the families immediately and for generations to come.
We were established in 1992 and sold our first house in 1993. Since then, we have built 204 homes, helping 232 adults and 317 children secure affordable housing. Initially, we built 1 or 2 homes per year, but that number has grown to 9 to 12 new homes per year for the last 5 years. We operate in Hickman, Maury, and Williamson Counties of Middle Tennessee and are currently building in the cities of Fairview, Franklin, Spring Hill and Columbia. Our Craftsman-styled homes are built to high-level energy-saving standards to reduce environmental impact and minimize long-term utility costs for the homeowner.
Also, for every home we build here in Middle Tennessee, we tithe overseas to build a home in a developing country. We build in countries like Haiti, Mozambique, and Lesotho where many families have been ravaged by the AIDS epidemic.
HFHWM educates partner families to become successful first-time home owners; constructs energy-efficient homes to reduce long-term utility costs; and improves stability for families and neighborhoods through safe, affordable housing. Research shows that benefits to homeowners include: improved safety and security for their families and their neighborhoods; improved health for family members; improved educational performance and better behavior among their children; and enhanced civic and political participation.
Accomplishments from the past year:
- HFHWM built 9 new homes in the past year along with 2 critical home repairs and 1 rehabilitation of a home . These homes helped 20 children and 12 adults obtain affordable home ownership and safe living conditions.
Goals for the coming year:
-We will build 9 new homes for families in need and complete two home rehabilitation projects and two critical home repair projects, serving a total of 13 families.
Our greatest needs include:
· Financial sponsorship for the cost of building materials to construct our energy-efficient, affordable homes.
· Committed volunteers to aid in home construction, provide home buyer education classes, and help at our ReStore retail store, as well as fundraising and administrative support .
· Financial support for home buyer education and foreclosure prevention programs.
· Funding to develop a 2-3 year reserve of land to build on in our service area (Williamson and Maury Counties in Tennessee).
· Financial support to update information technology hardware, software, and network applications to current standards.
Mail a check to: Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury, 511 West Meade Blvd, Franklin, TN 37064
HFHWM serves families in all of Williamson and Maury Counties. Build locations are dependent on land availability and community sponsors. We are currently building in Franklin, Fairview, Spring Hill and Columbia, TN.
Having a home matters. It's not just a place to live; it's the foundation for a better life and a better community. Home ownership through Habitat for Humanity provides families in need an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty. Middle Tennessee is a desirable area to live in because it offers a variety of employment options, stellar schools, an excellent quality of life, all surrounded by beautiful rolling hills. However, all of those qualities are also driving up the cost of real estate, making home ownership difficult, if not impossible, for many of those who live or work in our community.
Our larger community is strengthened by this commitment to eliminating substandard housing. Habitat repeats this commitment with each build, with each home dedicated, by providing safe, affordable housing for our neighbors.
Becket Moore, Executive Director
HFHWM serves as developer and
general contractor of our Craftsman-styled homes. We are responsible for land acquisition,
development planning, and securing zoning and other approvals. All homes meet Energy-Star
certification specifications and ADA standards. We also reserve a number of homes each
year for families with special needs. We also serve as the mortgage lender on
all our houses, carrying the 20-year, 25-year or 30-year mortgages at zero-percent
The average home cost in
Williamson County is about $433,000; average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is
more than $1,300 per month; and 65% of renters pay 30% or more of household
income for rent.
HFHWM ReStore is a home
improvement store selling new and gently used home furnishings and building
materials at significant discounts. The store offers appliances, construction
items, furniture and home décor, and is open to the general public, as well as
to contractors and Habitat homeowners. The ReStore also provides an environmentally and socially responsible way to keep thousands of good, reusable materials out of land fills. It also raises enough each year to fund the construction of two homes.
operations by closing our Columbia, TN store and relocating our Cool Springs store
to Franklin, TN will save $20,000/year and help support affordable housing
Started in 2005,
Habitat ReStore has provided sales proceeds that have helped sustain HFHWC home
building efforts while reducing landfill waste and recycling gently used
furnishings and building supplies.
Partner families are recruited,
qualified and selected based on: 1) living in inadequate/substandard/rent
burdened housing; 2) having limited income (30 - 60% of Area Median Income);
and 3) being willing to earn up to 500 hours of “sweat equity” by building
their and their neighbor's homes, attending mandatory homebuyers’ education classes, and saving
$2,000 for closing costs.
eleven families, with 25 children and 13 adults, build their futures with new
homes in the last year.
HFHWC has helped
127 families achieve the dream of affordable home ownership since 1992.
More than 2,400 volunteers
contribute over 19,000 hours annually to help build a stronger future for
partner families, their children, and the community. These volunteers work as
construction crew leaders, home builders, ReStore staff, administrative/fundraising
support, and members of the Board of Directors.
Last year, 2,400
volunteers from 53 community groups contributed more than 19,000 hours to
helping families build their dream homes. This represents the equivalent of
more than nine full-time staff salaries, valued at approximately $400,000.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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