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Piedmont Habitat for Humanity

A world where everyone has a decent place to live

Farmville, VA   |  www.piedmonthabitat.org/

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Mission

Seeking to put Gods love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. In 1990, a group of local citizens joined together with the goal of bringing Habitat for Humanity to the Farmville Area. Thirty plus years later, during which over 75 homes have been built or repaired, Piedmont Habitat for Humanity continues to serve those in need of safe, decent, affordable housing in the counties of Prince Edward, Buckingham, Cumberland, Charlotte, Nelson, and Nottoway. We work with individuals and families who are willing to partner with us by working alongside volunteers to build or repair their home, attending homeowner education classes, and paying an affordable mortgage.

Ruling year info

1987

Interim Executive Director

Mr. Sam Rabon

Main address

PO Box 816

Farmville, VA 23901 USA

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EIN

54-1599433

NTEE code info

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

Christian (X20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Affordable housing is a critical issue affecting not only our entire country but our local community as well. Many lower-income individuals and families are faced with tough decisions when it comes to housing. For those who choose to pay what they can afford on their earnings, they are often forced to live in substandard housing with major concerns regarding health, safety, and general well-being. For those who pay for more adequate housing, the result is that they often become housing cost-burdened, where a major portion of their income goes toward housing costs, leaving little for other important items, such as healthy food, doctor’s visits, and savings. 50% of renters in our area are considered cost burdened, meaning they are paying too high a percentage of their monthly income on housing costs. Our area is not only in need of new affordable housing options but an additional missing emphasis on preserving the existing stock of affordable housing through owner-occupied repairs.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Affordable Homeownership

We build affordable home with individuals and families in need of safe, decent, affordable housing. All Habitat Partner Families must have a need for housing, be able to pay an affordable mortgage, and be willing to partner by volunteering between 200-400 hours working on their home and the home of another.
This program is available in the counties of Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Nelson, Nottoway, and Prince Edward.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Our A Brush With Kindness program offers minor, exterior repairs in owner-occupied homes for individuals and families in need of preserving their safe, decent, affordable housing.
This program is available in the counties of Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Nelson, Nottoway, and Prince Edward.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

When individuals and families partner with Habitat, they build a foundation of stability. An affordable mortgage combined with reduced utility bills due to our energy-efficient building standards allow for the beginning of financial stability and wealth generation. In addition, our required homebuyer education workshops use local professionals, such as bankers and insurance agents, to teach valuable skills to increase wealth and savings. Affordable homeownership also improves health outcomes by allowing families to spend more on preventative healthcare and nutritious food. Quality construction can reduce health problems associated with substandard housing. Studies also show that stable housing decreases depression and anxiety, improving mental health. In 2007, Dr. Megan Sandel of the Boston University School of Medicine testified before Congress, “A safe, decent, affordable home is like a vaccine. It literally prevents disease. A safe home can prevent mental health and developmental problems, a decent home may prevent asthma or lead poisoning, and an affordable home can prevent stunted growth and unnecessary hospitalizations.” In the area of education, according to the Journal of Urban Economics, children of homeowners are more likely to stay in school. Studies also show that children in safe living environments experience better behavioral outcomes and make better grades in school. Studies show that households with affordable housing can spend more on items that further their child’s development. These parents are also able to set aside savings for college tuition for their children. Parents are reported more likely to attend parent teacher conferences when they do not have the stress of worrying about their housing costs. The benefits of affordable housing are further seen in a study in the Journal of Urban Economics that states that children of homeowners are significantly more likely to remain in school until age 17 when compared to those in renter households, especially in low-income households.
Beyond seeking to help individuals and families in need of safe, decent, affordable housing, part of the mission of Habitat is to build community. Because volunteers, donors, and advocates all join the family in building the home, the community grows closer as people join together across the lines that so often divide, those of race, religion, and socioeconomic status. Members of the community unite to love one another as walls are raised, laughter is shared, and new relationships are formed. This makes the places we call home better places for all of us to live.

Our two main programs are affordable home construction and affordable repairs. All Habitat partners families are assessed in the areas of need, ability to pay, and willingness to partner. Regarding need, many factors are considered, such as amount of income being spent on housing, health and safety concerns, substandard construction of current housing, and adequate space for all members of the household. Need for the repair program is assessed on repairs that affect safety and security. Concerning ability to pay, we serve those whose income is between 30%-80% of the area median income for the county they live in. Since all Habitat homeowners pay an affordable mortgage or affordable repair loan, a complete financial picture must be understood. Concerning willingness to partner, all Habitat partner families in new construction are required to complete between 200-400 "sweat equity" hours, volunteering on their home and the homes of others.
New homeowners also take a series of homebuyer education classes. All Habitat partners serve as ambassadors who represent Habitat in the local community. Those in the repair program are required to assist the volunteers as they are able.

Our organization began as an all volunteer Habitat affiliate. Over the years, our capacity has greatly increased through the addition of staff positions. Our Executive Director, Jayne Johnson, has been selected to serve on the U.S. Council of Habitat for Humanity International, helping provide policy leadership for over 1,300 local Habitat affiliates. She has also been chosen as the Chair of Habitat’s Rural Advisory Council. Both of these positions demonstrate her proven leadership and commitment to affordable housing. Regarding leadership, because we serve the outlying counties of Buckingham, Cumberland, Charlotte, Nelson, and Nottoway in addition to the home county of Prince Edward, each of those have a local leadership team made of volunteers who carry on much of the work within the county of fundraising, recruiting volunteers, and carrying out the day to day construction on the build site. This is in addition to a highly-functional Board of Directors overseeing all areas. The addition of the ReStore in 2009, where gently used furniture, household goods, appliances, and building materials are donated and resold to the public, helps Habitat serve even more people locally as proceeds from the ReStore benefit the overall mission to serve those in need of safe, decent, affordable housing. Furthering our capacity, the work we do would not be possible without the many volunteers and donors who embrace the simple idea that everyone deserves a decent place to live. When it comes to community support, we have a solid foundation. This past year we also launched a Habitat Campus Chapter at Longwood University and relaunched a chapter at Hampden-Sydney College. Both have been long term partners and the focus on campus chapters will only serve to strengthen the bonds. On a broader level, we regularly apply for and receive grants and foundation support. In addition, our partnership with the USDA Home Loan program also helps our qualified homeowners to achieve affordable mortgages. For our homeowners who not qualify for the USDA program, we are able to raise money and provide a direct mortgage. Recently we have also been able to rehab homes, taking an empty home and making it new, due to our partnership with the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Since these homes cost less than new home construction, we are able to offer even more affordable options for some of our partner families.

Piedmont Habitat for Humanity began primarily to serve the town of Farmville and a small surrounding area. Over the years, that has increased to include all of Prince Edward, Buckingham, Cumberland, Charlotte, Nelson, and Nottoway Counties. During our 31 years, we have built or repaired 53 homes. But we have a much larger vision. We believe that our community is blessed to have many non-profits who are making a positive impact on our county. We are considered to be the leader in affordable housing. Recently we approached the mayor of Farmville with our vision and, with his assistance, convened a roundtable to begin work on an Affordable Housing Master Plan for Prince Edward County. That group is now meeting monthly and has representatives from STEPS (the local Community Action Agency), the Town of Farmville, Prince Edward County, Centra Southside Community Hospital, Longwood University, Hampden-Sydney College, Prince Edward County Public Schools, and Fuqua School. This Affordable Housing Coalition has recently received a planning grant from the Virginia Housing Development Authority which will allow for a full-scale study to be conducted with the goal of long-term affordable housing goals and the vehicles to achieve those goals. In addition to being a partner in this Affordable Housing Coalition, we are also strategically planning to increase the capacity of our home repair program to serve a larger area and to conduct larger scale repairs. And of course the goal is to continue to build more so that more lives will be changed for the positive.

Financials

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Piedmont Habitat for Humanity

Board of directors
as of 04/10/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. John Miller

Longwood University

John Miller

Longwood University

Sheri Almond

Cumberland County Public Schools

Pamela Harvey

Rhodes Martin

Virginia Farm Bureau

Douglas Randolph

Chaquita Venable

Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

Paula Totten

Twisted Holly Services

Barbara Johnson

Prince Edward County Public Schools

Cheryl Gee

Benchmark Community Bank

Board leadership practices

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    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data