Mason County Habitat for Humanity (MCHFH) was recently honored as “Homebuilder Affiliate of the Year” by Habitat for Humanity Texas. The award was presented at the recent Habitat Leadership Conference held in Austin.
The award recognizes one outstanding affiliate out of 48 in the state of Texas that builds one to five homes a year.
“This was quite an honor and totally unexpected,” said MCHFH President Paul Branch. “The presenter made special note of our pioneer work to build energy efficient homes and the tremendous support of our small community. After the presentation, many of the convention attendees wanted to know about our annual Spring Benefit and the outstanding community support the citizens of Mason show our Care-A-Vanners.”
MCHFH is a Christian based ministry with the mission of “Putting God’s love in action by building houses, homes and hope.” The homes are built and then sold to the partner family “at cost” with no or low interest rates. The partner family must contribute at least 200 hours of “sweat equity” towards the construction of the home in order to qualify.
Mr. Branch noted that ninety-five cents of every dollar collected from the Spring Benefit, memorials, and other donations goes toward the cost of purchasing the land and building the home. The balance goes toward administrative expenses, such as the cost of the warehouse lease, insurance and a part-time administrative assistant. “We realize our obligation to spend every dollar wisely, and we strive to get as much bang for the buck as possible,” he said.
The application process for selection of the next partner family will begin soon, with initial construction of the home beginning in December.
If you would like more information about MCHFH, please call the office at 325-345-9591.