Charleston Habitat for Humanity joined the affordable housing effort in 1989. The affiliate’s earliest service was partnering with the local community to transform the Low Country of South Carolina after a Category 5 hurricane ripped into the Southeastern Seaboard in September of 1989. Hurricane Hugo was the costliest storm the country had ever seen at that time. In its aftermath, the federal government declared more than half of South Carolina's 46 counties disaster areas, and official economic estimates pegged the widespread damage at more than $5 billion. Public assistance and insurance money post-Hugo wasn't the only thing that transformed the area – housing nonprofits were heavily relied upon in Charleston. The city once lined with old houses now found a lot of them were at ground level or wiped away by the storm.
CHFH has been able to assist the community with its formation and continue serving the community long after the tragedy had passed. To date, the affiliate has built 90 new homes, renovated 20 houses and supported 47 homes in Honduras - improving over 600 lives through home ownership. We are dedicated to eliminating substandard housing through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to families in need.
Habitat focuses on a population not served by others in the affordable housing arena - the low to moderate income family living in tough conditions, with high rent, higher aspirations and the inability to obtain a conventional mortgage. For some, home, and the safety and security it entails, can feel like an unattainable dream. We are committed to making affordable and safe housing a reality for low income families.
Charleston Habitat for Humanity assists Lowcountry families through the construction of new homes and critical home repairs of their current homes Our partner families:
Have significant housing needs, such as overcrowding, excessive monthly costs, and/or substandard living conditions.
Meet the family income level criteria, between 35% and 60% of the area median income, adjusted for family size (between 35% and 80% for veterans).
Are US citizens or permanent residents.
Commit to completing ‘sweat equity’ hours volunteering with CHFH and Assisting with the construction or repairs on their home.