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Habitat For Humanity House Build University of Canterbury

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									Habitat For Humanity House Build
University of Canterbury
Golden Key in the Community Partnership in service with the Habitat For Humanity Trust

Overview
Habitat For Humanity International (HFHI) ► House build at the University of Canterbury ► Why should your chapter run a HFH house build? ► Where to find more information
► The

Habitat For Humanity International
► What
 Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organisation. The purpose of HFHI is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.  Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.  Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1,000,000 people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter.

is Habitat For Humanity International?

Habitat For Humanity International
► How

did HFHI come into being?

It began in 1965 when Millard and Linda Fuller visited Koinonia Farm, just outside Americus, Georgia. The cooperative lifestyle at Koinonia Farm inspired the Fuller family to embark on a life of service to the community. Their dream was to address the housing problem faced by so many families throughout the US and around the globe. Initially under the name ‘Partnership Housing’, a Fund For Humanity was established, and in 1969, the first Partnership house was completed.

Habitat For Humanity International
► How

it developed

 Millard and Linda Fuller continued to expand their mission throughout the US, establishing partnerships and building houses for the poor.

Habitat For Humanity International
► International

expansion

 In 1973, the Fullers move to the Democratic Republic of Congo, introducing the principles of partnership housing to Africa.  Habitat For Humanity was introduced to Australia in 1987.

Habitat For Humanity International
► Where

does HFHI operate?

Habitat is a worldwide, grass-roots movement. There are more than 2,300 active affiliates in 92 countries, including all 50 states in the US, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.

Habitat For Humanity International
► How

does it work?

 HFH builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the partner families, trough
► volunteer

labour ► donations of money and materials

 Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable loans  Homeowners' monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses.  Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labour -- sweat equity -- into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.

Habitat For Humanity International
►What

are Habitat affiliates?

 Independent, locally run, nonprofit organizations  Accomplish the work of HFH at the community level  Each affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area -- fund raising, building site selection, partner family selection and support, house construction and mortgage servicing.  HFHI headquarters provides
► information ► training ► variety

of other support services

 All Habitat affiliates are asked to give 10 percent of their contributions to fund house-building work in other nations. This provides much-needed finance for international building.

Habitat For Humanity International
► Governance
 An ecumenical, international board of directors determines policy and oversees and guides the mission of Habitat for Humanity International. Board members are dedicated volunteers who are deeply concerned about the problems of poverty housing around the world.  The HFHI headquarters office operates with an administrative staff, assisted by a core group of professional and support employees and supplemented by long-term and short-term volunteers. Each Habitat for Humanity affiliate is managed by its own local volunteer board.

Habitat For Humanity International
► What

is the cost of a Habitat house?

 Throughout the world, the cost of houses varies from as little as $800 in some developing countries to an average of nearly $60,000 in the United States.  Habitat houses are affordable for low-income families because there is no profit included in the sale price. Mortgage length varies from seven to 30 years.

Habitat For Humanity International
► How

can a family apply for a HFH House?

 Families in need of decent shelter apply to a local Habitat affiliate. The affiliate’s family selection committee chooses homeowners based on their level of need, their ability to repay the loan and their willingness to work in partnership with Habitat.  Affiliates follow a non-discriminatory policy of family selection. Neither ethnicity nor religion are considered when choosing future Habitat homeowners.

Habitat For Humanity International
► How

does Habitat work with the government?
Habitat for Humanity International is not a government agency, nor does it accept government funds for the construction of houses. However, Habitat considers all levels of government and governmental agencies important partners in its mission to eliminate poverty housing. We encourage governments to do what they can to help alleviate the suffering of all those who have no decent, adequate place to live. Habitat for Humanity welcomes partnerships with governments to help "set the stage" for the construction of houses. Stage-setting funding and gifts might include land, houses for rehabilitation, infrastructure for streets, utilities and administrative expenses.

Questions
► Quiz:

Barbara and Andrew

House build at the University of Canterbury
in service through collaboration ► Realms of responsibility
 HFHI  GK  UC
► Success

we faced ► What went well ► What would we do differently next time

► Difficulties

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Success in service through collaboration
HFH Trust University Of Canterbury Volunteers Sponsors Supporters

GK

The Family

House build at the University of Canterbury
► Habitat

For Humanity Trust

 Responsible for
of family ►finding professional builders to supervise volunteers ►sourcing building materials ►providing refreshments for workers ►building permits and other similar formalities
►selection

House build at the University of Canterbury
► The

University of Canterbury
 Responsible for
► providing

site ► water ► electricity ► security ► kitchen facilities ► publicity including coverage on university website

the building

House build at the University of Canterbury
► The

Family

 Must be actively involved in the project, by spending a minimum of (150?) hours  Be in need of HFH assistance  Able to repay interest free loan

House build at the University of Canterbury
► Sponsors,

Supporters and Volunteers
 Provide
► skilled

labour ► unskilled labour ► monetary donations ► interest-free loans ► building materials ► land

House build at the University of Canterbury
► Golden

Key

 Responsible for
the support of the University ►liaising with University admin in behalf of HFH ►recruiting and managing volunteers ►serving drinks and refreshments to workers
►securing

House build at the University of Canterbury
► Andrew

will now describe his experiences on the building site

House build at the University of Canterbury
► Recruiting

volunteers

 Advertise via
►university

website ►university activities calendar

 Put up posters around campus  Big sign on site welcoming volunteers

House build at the University of Canterbury
►

Volunteer management
 Email address on UC website  Have roster on building site  Communicate with builders about the number of man/hours needed each day  Have roster system on website  Problem with volunteers having to be turned away from the building site (including a university reporter)
► Due

to lack of jobs currently available ► Possible way to avoid turning people away would be to employ a turnover system: People are signed in on the understanding that after a set period of time (1 or 2 hours) they must give up their place to someone else if necessary. If people still need to be turned away, then at least the gatekeeper can give them a definite time when a place will become available.

House build at the University of Canterbury
► Health

and Safety

 Need to check regulations well in advance of build

House build at the University of Canterbury
► Publicity
► ► ►

 UC provided us with publicity  UC communications department

 We failed to get coverage in The Press, or other extensive publications. We need the human interest for the media to buy our story.  Very helpful would be
► ►

maintained a website organised for daily photos to be taken produced a press release which was followed up by Christchurch Mail and The Star.

►

Site needs to be signposted earlier Larger poster campaign on campus Additional signage on fencing during build

House build at the University of Canterbury
► Financial

Issues relating to our chapter

 Costs
for volunteers ►Advertising materials ►Educational support package
►T-shirts

 Sources
chapter fundraising ►GK funding – Chapter Service Award?
►General

Questions
► Quiz:

Andrew and Barbara

House build at the University of Canterbury
► What

happens afterwards?

    

The house is removed Thank-you BBQ for Volunteers and Supporters Debrief with HFH Dedication ceremony Educational support program

House build at the University of Canterbury
► The

house

   

House taken off campus Put into temporary storage, or on a section HFH responsible for finding land Problem in CHCH to find land

House build at the University of Canterbury
► Thank-you

Supporters

BBQ for Volunteers and

 Social gathering to engage in a wild orgy  Opportunity to show gratitude and appreciation to our partners

House build at the University of Canterbury
► Debrief

with HFH

   

Discuss the project and our collaboration Problems we faced What went well? What could be done differently next time?

House build at the University of Canterbury
► Dedication

ceremony

 House is formally handed over to family  GK will be present along with HFH affiliates  Good opportunity to establish working relationship with family  Maybe possible to ascertain how GK could assist the family academically

House build at the University of Canterbury
►How

could the project be improved?

 Combined planning meetings (Habitat for Humanity and Golden Key) would be an excellent idea in the months leading up to the build.

 It would be beneficial to have a Golden Key committee member present on building site (preferably at gate) at all times. This would improve liaison between Golden Key and Habitat for Humanity.

House build at the University of Canterbury
► Educational
► Directly

support program

 Help with education of children
via GK tutoring for children

 Funding for parents to attend courses that will improve their lives and the lives of their children  One for one book program with supporting book stores  Help with acquisition of
► PC ► study

desks ► school costs

House build at the University of Canterbury
►Timeline
► Initial

 February 2005:

 April 2005:

discussion of Habitat for Humanity house build within GK

 May - August 2005:
 August 2005:
► Contacted ► Face ► Several

► Initial contact made with local HFHI affiliate ► Meeting with a representative of UC

phone calls to Howard Booth UC Facilities Management

 31 August 2005:

to face meeting with our local HFHI affiliate and facilities management on the UC campus

House build at the University of Canterbury
► Why

should your chapter run a HFH house build?

 Chance to help a family to build a better future for themselves and their children  Perfect opportunity to show GK cares about your community  Great way to engage general members  Excellent publicity
your chapter ► For your university
► For

 Recognition from GK
standards ► Chapter service award
► Chapter

Habitat For Humanity International
► How

can you get more information:

 PO Box 1154 Parramatta 2124 State Abbr: NSW State Name: New South Wales Australia  Phone: +61-2-9635-0199  Fax: +61-2-9635-0299  E-mail: info@habitat.org.au  URL: www.habitat.org.au


								
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