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Houston Habitat is Building a Lasting Testament to Super Bowl 51!
Houston is powering up their Texas-sized hospitality this month with a flurry of activities. Hosting Super Bowl LI on February 5th is the main attraction and Houston Habitat for Humanity, along with the National Football League, the Houston Super Bowl LI Host Committee, the City of Houston, Chevron and other sponsors and friends is launching a building blitz to commemorate Super Bowl LI. SuperBUILD LI, will make a great impact by creating and transforming neighborhoods. In particular, the builds will impact the children of Habitat Homeowners by affording them the stability of home and community. Along with adult volunteers, Houston Habitat is engaging Houston’s youth who might not otherwise enjoy a Super Bowl experience [those 16 and older]. They, too, have the opportunity to help build homes and revitalize neighborhoods. SuperBUILD LI is an exciting opportunity to leave a lasting legacy by building affordable homes for purchase by low- to moderate-income Houstonians during the period leading up to Super Bowl LI. By supporting Houston Habitat and SuperBUILD LI, participants will help build up Houston neighborhoods, empower our youth, and strengthen our City.
Despite the overall high standard of living enjoyed by many Houstonians, an alarmingly high number of hard-working citizens still cannot afford to buy a home. Factors such as rising construction costs, increasing property values, decreasing wages, tight capital markets, and the loss of affordable apartment units aggravate an ever growing problem. The Habitat model allows Habitat homebuyers with a need for quality housing to achieve homeownership with affordable monthly mortgage payments that are usually less than their current rent. A decent place to live and an affordable mortgage create the opportunity for Houston Habitat homeowners to save more, invest in education, pursue opportunity and have greater financial stability. The “hand-up, not a hand out” gives them the chance to achieve the independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families. Moreover, these new homeowners are building equity for themselves and their families while becoming involved in building and preserving their neighborhoods.
Using the Habitat model of a “hand up, not a hand out”, sponsors and donors not only help underwrite the cost of building homes, but volunteer on the construction site alongside Houston Habitat homebuyers. Our homebuyers contribute up to 300 hours of sweat equity by helping to build their home and the homes of neighbors, and by completing pre-purchase financial and homeownership training which prepares them for the responsibilities of homeownership.