SUN Habitat partners with families and individuals in Snyder, Union and Northumberland Counties to provide decent, safe, and affordable housing. SUN Habitat was founded in 1994. 34 homes have been built in Northumberland, Union and Snyder counties. Working together, we can improve the lives of Snyder, Union and Northumberland County residents one family at a time.
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing
organization, working in partnership with people in need to build and renovate simple, decent, affordable housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has provided housing for over 300,000 people worldwide. Since 1987, more than 600 campus chapters have been chartered throughout the world. There are now more than 1,900 affiliates in all 50 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the territory of Guam and more than 60 other countries around the world.
Habitat for Humanity’s work is accomplished at the community level by affiliates — independent, locally run, nonprofit organizations. Each affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area — fund raising, building site selection, partner family selection and support, house construction and mortgage servicing. The Snyder-Union-Northumberland Habitat for Humanity chapter often builds in partnership with the Bucknell University HFH chapter and the Susquehanna University HFH chapter.
Families in need of decent shelter apply to the local Habitat affiliate. The family selection committee then chooses homeowners based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program, and their ability to repay the loan. Families must contribute a minimum of 250 ‘sweat equity’ hours on their own home and the homes of others. They must also attend homeowner classes and budget counseling. USHFH follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing the families who receive Habitat houses.
Habitat for Humanity uses donations of money and materials from individuals, corporations and faith groups to build and renovate simple homes. Labor is provided by volunteers including volunteer professionals for technical support. Once the home is built, it is sold to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable, no-interest loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more homes.
To donate to the local chapter, click on the ‘Donate’ link at the top of the page for more information. To find out more about how to become a Habitat volunteer, click on the ‘Donate’ link at the top of page to donate your time or talent!