For more than 25 years, Huntington WV Area Habitat for Humanity has been bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope. A non-profit, ecumenical, Christian ministry seeking to put God’s love into action, Huntington WV Area Habitat for Humanity’s vision is to partner with qualified individuals and families in need and provide them with an opportunity for safe, decent, affordable housing.
Huntington WV Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore is the affiliate’s home improvement resale and donation center. Open to the public, the ReStore accepts donated home improvement items such as furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances, and sells the merchandise to the general public at a fraction of the retail price. Proceeds generated from the sale of all items helps in funding the construction of homes for families in need.
Huntington WV Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore sells reusable and surplus building materials to the public. While every ReStore is a little different, most focus on home improvement goods like furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances.
Huntington WV Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore accepts donated goods which are sold to the general public at a fraction of the retail price. The proceeds help Huntington WV Area Habitat for Humanity to fund the construction of homes for deserving families.
Huntington WV Area Habitat for Humanity FAQ
I understand that Huntington WV Area Habitat for Humanity is getting ready to dedicate its 100th house?
Yes we are! Our affiliate was founded 27 years ago, and during that time we’ve built or repaired 100 homes in Cabell County, WV, and Lawrence County, OH. We’re excited to dedicate our 100th house on Monday, September 18 at 5:30 p.m. in Lawrence County. This is a big milestone for us, but I think it’s even more important to note that to date, 316 people have been positively impacted by Habitat’s mission, and 197 of those have been children!
That must be so amazing to see lives changed through becoming homeowners. You also offer a program that is specific to helping local veterans. Tell me about that?
In 2014, we unveiled a new program, called the Veterans Housing Initiative, to address the housing needs of area veterans. We partnered with the Huntington VA Medical Center’s Community Resource and Referral Center to help formerly homeless veterans become homeowners. We designed a special, “tiny” version of our regular house to accommodate single veterans or couples. The houses are 600 square feet and offer a full kitchen, living room, dining room, bathroom with a washer/dryer and bedroom with a walk-in closet. On average, the mortgage for one of these smaller homes is about $250, and that includes taxes, refuse and municipal fees within the City of Huntington.
How many homes have you built for veterans so far?
We’ve completed 10 homes so far, and five of them are sold. We will pass the keys along to two more new homeowners next month during the VA’s Stand Down event in Huntington. One of the great things about this program is that when a veteran becomes a homeowner, the housing voucher they have been using for temporary housing becomes available to help another homeless veteran get off the streets and into an apartment. These veterans are people who served our country, and we believe that no veteran should be homeless.
That’s such a great program! I hear that there is a special fundraiser next month that will benefit the Veterans Housing Initiative. Tell me about that?
At 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 23 at Barboursville Park, we will host our third annual Vets to Homes 5K run/walk. The Marshall University Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter has partnered with us to put on this race, and we hope we’ll have a great turn-out this year! Racers can sign up right now for $20 at tristateracer.com or can call our office if they have any questions. All the proceeds from the 5K will benefit the Veterans Housing Initiative.
Are there other ways to help or get involved?
Yes! The Vets to Homes 5K is exactly one month away from today and we are still in need of sponsors. We have several affordable sponsorship levels to choose from, so please call our Habitat office for more information.