Newsletter Summer 2016

  • Click here to download a pdf copy of our newsletter:Summer 2016

Message from Our President:

We're still looking for administrative volunteers to help fulfill our mission of bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope. We'd like to expand many of our current committees. Some of the positions relate to accounting, finance, management, marketing, public relations, fundraising and family nurturing.

I invite anyone who has a desire to help and who feels they could use their skills to contribute to our affiliate to send a resume or a letter expressing their areas of interest or expertise to: Jackson, Union County Habitat, President

MEET THE FAMILY working towards the Habitat home at 1924 Hamilton Street, Murphysboro, IL.

LaKisha Boens, and her two sons, Jeremiah, aged 9, and Isaiah, aged 3, are the new family working to earn the current Habitat For Humanity home on 1924 Hamilton, Murphysboro, IL. LaKisha has worked as a Health Care Aide for the past 8 years. She first heard about Habitat from her uncle, now passed, who inspired her to apply for the opportunity to own a home. She said she wants to "honor him" and this helps her "cope with his passing". Family has always been important to her and she likes to think that she continues to support her extended family as a mentor and role model. She has always wanted to have a small yard that her boys can play in and she can plant things in. This home will help her provide a better environment for her children.

LaKisha likes a challenge. She said applying wasn't difficult, especially since she keeps all the financial records required. She loves to learn and has learned "a lot" about construction. She views it as a puzzle and feels that these skills will help her maintain her home in the future. She worked at the last Habitat house in Carbondale before starting on her own home. As a homeowner, she and her family are required to put in 250 volunteer hours and take a money management course. She is working hard to stay out of debt. She has learned that there are sacrifices to make, but it is well worth it to own her home. She would now rather pay cash than go into debt.

LaKisha says she feels blessed and she would tell others to "never give up, and reach for the stars, as each day is a blessing". "Having a goal will help you stay out of trouble." The house is expected to be completed this fall.

Thank You!!

We'd like to thank all of the businesses that give us a discount or provide materials for us at cost. A complete list is available on our webpage once the house is complete.

Partnerships with Families

Here at Habitat, we believe in building homes in partnership with a family.

At the completion of construction, and satisfaction of partner requirements, the family purchases the home by borrowing money from Habitat. Habitat holds the mortgage. The loan is paid off over some 15 to 20 years at no interest. There is a monthly mortgage payment consisting of principal (repaying the loan), taxes (real estate), and insurance (homeowners).

The estimated current cost of a Habitat home (in 2015) is approximately $72,500 - $75,000. This means that the Partner Family should have a "take-home" income of $27,500 to $32,500 per year in order to afford the monthly mortgage payment.

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in being a partner family, here is what we look for:

  • The family has gainful employment.
  • The family has roots in the community.
  • The family currently lives in modest or substandard living conditions.
  • The family ordinarily would not qualify for home ownership through normal credit institutions.
  • The family is willing to partner with us by working 250-300 "sweat equity hours."
  • The family commits to making regular mortgage payments until the mortgage is paid off.

You can find more information and download an application on the PARTNER tab on this website.

Minor Home Repair Program

Our Minor Home Repair Program is well underway and accepting applicants for small repairs to their homes. The goal of this program is to assist low-income homeowners with minor issues such as:

  • Small inside plumbing repairs
  • Minor roof repair on low slope roofs
  • Partial weatherization
  • Building or repair of small ramps
  • Minor repairs to porches or railings

Qualified applicants will:

  • Own and reside in a home in need of minor repairs (no rental properties)
  • Have proof of homeowner's insurance coverage
  • Reside within Jackson County
  • Fall within specified income guidelines
  • Have a material cost no more than $500 (paid 100% by homeowner unless financial assistance is needed and available)
  • Agree to partner with Habitat in all aspects of the repair project


Call (618)457-8489 or email Keith Fosse or visit the Minor Repairs tab on this website for more information or to request application materials.

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Did you know these Habi-Facts?

  • It's not Jimmy Carter's Creation: Habitat was started in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller in Americus, Georgia. Carter's a big supporter, but it was the Fullers who created it.
  • Habitat Houses are not Given Away: Habitat's homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor in the build of the house, and pay a reasonable mortgage that they would otherwise not be able to qualify for.
  • Sorry, Australia and Antarctica!: Habitat builds homes in five of the seven continents.
  • The World needs it: In the USA, minimum wage is not keeping up with the rising cost of living and many workers struggle to afford decent housing. Internationally, 830 million people live in urban slums. Since its inception, Habitat has helped over five million people afford livable housing.

Source: www.habitat.org

Would you like to be an active part of your local Habitat?

Visit our VOLUNTEER page on this website for more information about getting involved.

Thank you for Supporting Partnerships for Affordable Homes, Inc. (Jackson Union County Habitat for Humanity)

If you would like to donate to your local Habitat for Humanity, make checks payable to: Jackson-Union County Habitat For Humanity and mail to: P.O. Box 1064, Carbondale, Il 62903

Or donate online at the Donate tab at this website

If you have a lot you would like to donate or for more information on how you can become a homeowner and for all other inquiries contact our president at (618) 457-8480 or our vice-president at (618)687-3113.

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit corporation, making your gifts of money and material tax- deductible to the extent allowable by law. Your donation to Jackson-Union County Habitat for Humanity includes a tithe (10%) to Habitat for Humanity International unless it is restricted for local use.

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Previous Newsletters

  • Click here to download a pdf copy of our newsletter:Winter 2015
  • Click here to download a pdf copy of our newsletter:Summer 2015
  • Click here to download a pdf copy of our Summer 2014 newsletter:Summer 2014
  • Click here to download a pdf copy of our Spring 2014 newsletter:Spring 2014
  • Click here to download a pdf copy of our Summer 2013 newsletter:Summer 2013
  • Click here to download a pdf copy of our Spring 2013 newsletter:Spring 2013