Habitat for Humanity of Boone County was recently selected as the Chamber Impact Award recipient for October. The Chamber Impact Award recognizes a Boone County Chamber member who has made positive contributions to the community.

Habitat for Humanity of Boone County (HFHBC) has been providing safe, affordable housing in Boone County since 1984. The organization is currently building its 59th home. The affiliate is designed to serve the residents of Boone County and to meet their particular needs throughout the home ownership process. The organization also serves as a vital link between donors and beneficiaries, providing a medium through which quality housing can be built by the people of Boone County for the people of Boone County.

Habitat homeowners pay an interest-free, no-profit mortgage which is then used to help build more houses. Habitat’s qualifying families, or partner families, are selected based on their need for housing, ability to repay the no-interest mortgage and willingness to partner with Habitat by earning between 200 and 400 hours of “sweat equity” or volunteer time. Because their partner families pay mortgages and invest more than 200 hours of sweat equity labor into their homes prior to becoming homeowners, the Habitat approach offers a “hand up” and not a “hand out.”

In addition to the home ownership program, HFHBC started a new program called Repair that kicked off on Sept. 29. This program is aimed at helping homeowner occupied properties with exterior repairs. This will follow their Habitat home ownership model with having a need, some payback (based on a sliding scale of income) and required sweat equity. More than 100 volunteers worked Sept. 29 on six projects throughout the community.

HFHBC is also opening a ReStore — a Goodwill-type store for building supplies and home goods — in December. This will be a funding stream to help them build and repair more homes in Boone County.

Habitat for Humanity of Boone County’s consistent community impact is highly appreciated by the Boone County Chamber and community. HFHBC supports a multitude of individuals throughout Boone County, coinciding with the mission of the Chamber.

To submit a nomination for the Boone County Chamber Impact Award, contact the Boone County Chamber of Commerce by emailing to info@boonechamber.org or calling 765-482-1320.

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity of Boone County and how to get engaged in the community, call 317-443-7549 or visit the website at www.boonehabitat.org.

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