Habitat For Humanity Is In A Financial Emergency

Habitat For Humanity Is In A Financial Emergency

  • 6/25/2019 4:22:19 PM
  • WMFD Digital Team
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OHIO- Habitat for Humanity of Richland and Crawford Counties (HFHRCC) announced on Tuesday that the organization has reached a state of Financial Emergency.

HFHRCC is now asking for the public's help to get back on its feet. 

"For the past three years, we have focused on 'recycling' Habitat houses that come back to us," Veronna Drane, Executive Director, stated. "It has taken a toll on our finances." 

The organization cites that another contributing factor was the recent unplanned and unbudgeted move of the Habitat ReStore. Sales have been slow at the new location, according to Drane. 

The ReStore was relocated to 115 Park Avenue West in April from their previous location on Stumbo Road in Ontario. 

Habitat for Humanity of Richland and Crawford Counties has built, rehabbed or repaired over 50 houses in the area since its inception in 1988. 

According to a press release, funding for those projects is reliant on donations from businesses, churches and individuals. Money used for complete "recycles" comes from the Habitat's coffers.

Three houses have also found their way back to HFHRCC. 

"While we went through the process of evaluating condition, finding home buyers, and repairing issues with the homes, they sat unoccupied." Drane said. "It requires us to pay for incidentals including heat, insurance, and mowing of properties." 

Drane further states that the returned houses along with operations costs for the affiliate and the Habitat ReStore drained the affiliates limited savings. 

The Habitat's income comes from donations and mortgage payments. They hold approximately 30 zero interest mortgages. 

"Habitat for Humanity is not funded by the United Way or the government. We rely on the generosity of donors in North Central Ohio," Board President, Katie Welch with Woodfest Bank said. "Individuals, businesses, churches and foundations are the backbone of our finances."

Steps have been taken towards building capacity and strategic planning. By being a participant of the Osborne Meese Academy through the Richland County Foundation, Habitat learned from experts in various fields. 

The organization was also able to work with a consultant on mapping out a plan for the next three years thanks to a grant. 

Habitat for Humanity of Richland County and Crawford County states that the public can help by donating on the Habitat's website at www.habitatofrcc.org , or by making purchases at the ReStore.  

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