A Struggling National Economy Hasn't Slowed Habitat For Humanity

By Scott Sarvay

September 7, 2010 Updated Sep 7, 2010 at 11:26 AM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The home construction market has been in the center of the decline in the U.S. economy. But those factors haven't slowed Habitat for Humanity.

Like many charities, "Habitat" has had to adjust its business model through these difficult times.

But the group continues to build, despite a real slowdown in the industry.

Corporate sponsorships are a huge reason why.

Locally, they won a "Women's Build" grant through Lowe's that's funding an entire house now under construction on the southeast side of Fort Wayne.

This is the 17th home "Habitat" has built in the area this year, and Lowe's being a corporate sponsor has been the "exception" as the organization looks to raise funding in a different way than years past.

Lowe's provided a $75,000 grant for the Women Build Project after the area Habitat for Humanity won.

Most of the women builders were volunteers from Lowe's, but it's the smaller partners and volunteers that make the difference.

Habitat has seen an increase in demand but the homeowners still have to put in 300 hours of sweat equity and then pay back a 20-year interest free loan.




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