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  1. #17
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    My Experience with Habitat as a Volunteer

    I recently volunteered with Habitat and was very disappointed in an organization that I blindly felt great respect for. I drove to a shady, low income neighborhood in South Florida to help "build" a house for someone less fortunate. I found out from the Volunteer Coordinator that the homeowners have to put in 500 hours of sweat equity (which is a policy I would agree with and knew about) but what I did not know is that these new homeowners had to pay $125,000 (interest free mortgage) on their new home. I work in RE Development, I can tell you that this home was worth $50,000 TOPS in that area. What exactly is HFH doing here and why doesn't anyone see this? The Volunteers had no good materials, tools to work with so all of the quality workmanship was out the window. I was starring at a concrete block with plastic cabinets painted by what could have been a bunch of fifth graders... and someone is to pay $125,000 for this project housing? Is this a mistake, an oversight? If HFH is doing this then how did they become so large and such a well respected charity? I really want some answers because what I learned that day has just made me ill. If this is the case everywhere I dont think the general public understands what is happening.

  2. #18

    Re: What do you really know about Habitat for Huma

    I'm not sure how Habitat for Humanity International (USA) runs their charities but I can put some insight into how Canada runs...

    There is a strict criteria on family selection based on need. Only families with children are selected. At least one parent working, and not on social assistance. Total Family Income must be below the "low-income cut off" as defined by the Canadian Government. and many more items.

    As far as the sale price to the Partner Family... it's based on the higher of either the Market Value of the home or Habitat's cost to build the home. For example if a home cost $50,000.00 to build but on the market would only get $30,000.00 then the sale price would be $50,000.00. On the other hand... if the home was built for $50,000.00 but on the market it could sell for $75,000.00 then the home would be sold for $75,000.00. Either sinerio would be interest free. The mortgage payments would be based on the families income (25%), and probably less.

    These mortgage payments are in turn used to build more houses for more families and the cycle continues.

    I think it is hard to see the good in Habitat with all the hype they get. For the longest time the general public thought the homes were given away. But clearly they are not.

    I'm sure some homeowners don't realize the hard work that is needed to upkeep a home just based on the fact that they are coming from housing that they didn't have to make a desicion on which electrician to use because that's all worked into there rent. They also didn't have to care about a leaky sink because the fix was a phone call away and there was usually no bill for it because again... included in rent.

    I like to think that most Habitat Partner Familes are greatful for the opportunity they have been given... but there will always be those few that don't understand self-responsibility.

  3. #19
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    Re: My Experience with Habitat as a Volunteer

    Quote Originally Posted by haley77 View Post
    I recently volunteered with Habitat and was very disappointed in an organization that I blindly felt great respect for. I drove to a shady, low income neighborhood in South Florida to help "build" a house for someone less fortunate. I found out from the Volunteer Coordinator that the homeowners have to put in 500 hours of sweat equity (which is a policy I would agree with and knew about) but what I did not know is that these new homeowners had to pay $125,000 (interest free mortgage) on their new home. I work in RE Development, I can tell you that this home was worth $50,000 TOPS in that area. What exactly is HFH doing here and why doesn't anyone see this? The Volunteers had no good materials, tools to work with so all of the quality workmanship was out the window. I was starring at a concrete block with plastic cabinets painted by what could have been a bunch of fifth graders... and someone is to pay $125,000 for this project housing? Is this a mistake, an oversight? If HFH is doing this then how did they become so large and such a well respected charity? I really want some answers because what I learned that day has just made me ill. If this is the case everywhere I dont think the general public understands what is happening.
    Hi, I am from New Zealand. Please make an effort to look at www.fullercentre.org/factsheet.
    I happily was involved in establishing HFH in new zealand in 1992. Its original intention was to provide housing for those in need all over the world since 1976. Millard Fuller really lived and believed in the concept of Habitat as it was for "Building homes for Gods people in need". As a christian man he believed to profess this belief system it required action. Habitat grew because its business culture and structure was orientated around precious people. Since 1994 till his booting in 2005. The Board I believe had been fighting the philosophical debate about what and why they exist. I am absolutely shocked that there is houses that are over inflated in Miami as according to Hayley 77 and that families are being charged interest. That was never its intention. My personal opinion is that the international bankers and international sponsors could no longer stomach the Christian in your face attitude of Millard. The consequence of such was that he had to ousted. All the strategic charts for the HFH model in 2001-2005 around the world showed huge upward growth. As such was causing a major problem for Goldman Sachs,JP morgan,Merrill Lynch and Rothschild. The answer has been to change their global emphasis to disaster releif and getting the money markets to lend money to the system.

  4. #20
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    Re: What do you really know about Habitat for Huma

    Quote Originally Posted by hfhscam View Post
    They don't make you pay only for what they pay for. The family pays an inflated retail cost on even donated materials. Any gov. refunds for solar incentives that are supposed to go directly to help the buyer lower the cost of such an investment are quicly snatched up and never applied to the homeowner.

    It's my feeling that a family desperate for a safe home quickly learns that no matter the workmanship or the quailty of material, no matter if they've put in 1500 hours more than expected to do so, no matter how many promises are empty if they want their home in the end they have to suck it up and pay what ever they feel like asking you for.

    You know those Whirlpool appliances, ya, they are free to Habitat but not to the homeowner, they pay retail price to HFH for them.

    I've been busy following up on my house to find that when we were told that we would only pay 1/3 the price of the tools needed for our home and the other 2/3's would be divided between the next two homes built with them. We in fact have paid full price for them and we don't even get to own them.We even had one habitat volunteer buy double his lunch on our dollar so he could have dinner that night, ever time he came. He bought a mini fridge on our dollar, that he has. He used to even bring his trash to our home when it was a work site and we were responsible for getting rid of it. We got contacted by a local hardware store that he even bought a window for his house on the account.

    We paid 30k for a guinea pig solar system that we were told over and over that if it fails to perform they would revisit the loan. We weren't dumb there was no way we'd agree if there wasn't some promise of recourse. but we were dumb enough no put our faith in a man who led us down a road of empty promises. Now we have a very expensive system to pay full price on even though half was donated and they recieved a 13k incentive that was supposed to go back to us....Where is it? we'd like to know.

    We have figued that they have, on our house, made a profit of about 60-90k in the end. I'd rather pay a conventional mortgage rate on the actual cost for 30 years.

    It makes us sick to know we've been manipulated in this way....in the end we signed the papers so that the house we worked so long for wouldm'd slip through our fingers. We'll try to rectify the issues with them now. We'll see how quickly they try to hush us up or shut us down..

    Yeah, I know you hear a lot of anger, we do feel entitled to it but we do recognize the sacrifices of all those dedicated volunteers who worked so closely beside us. Some we formed true relationships with that we hope to have for a lifetime. We are very grateful for the opportunity that we were given. They did not have to choose us, it could have been anyone else, there were probably some more deserving. We love our home, we will live our lives, raise our family and love every day here. We built it with our bare hands and our blood, sweat and tears are here. Those are things we can bever forget.

    There is a time though when you have to be held responsible for taken advantage of the if you will "disadvantaged". They manipulated us, they knew the position we were in, we at that point, would never ruffle the feathers of the ones who held the cards for fear all that we had done would just slip through our fingers.
    Thanks you for the post.

  5. #21

    Re: What do you really know about Habitat for Huma

    This is really sad to hear...

    My dad recently approached me and said him and his new family have been pre-approved for HFH in Morris, New Jersey and they are seriously considering buying a house and of course putting in the 500 hours of sweat, blood and tears. As soon as he started telling me about the program I asked him to send me all the information. My dad's English isn't that great so today we had a conference call with a very friendly rep from that office who answered all of our questions.

    My dad said he has other low-income friends that have received help from this charity in Morris and they are all very happy with the outcome and have been living in their homes for 10+ years, so he's thinking of signing the contract, but something just doesn't sit right with me so finding this forum is very helpful.

    I've asked him not to sign any papers until I review them all. In all honesty, I'm considering paying my lawyer to review them for him, since my dad can't afford to get a lawyer of his own.

    Any suggestions?

    Thank you all.
    Monica

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    Re: What do you really know about Habitat for Huma

    Hi Monica,the hfh model from 10+ yrs ago is different to the one in force now.I would get your lawyer to look into it, and take a copy of it (with or without telling them,up to you) just so he is covered if the worst happens.
    I still feel a sense of guilt at times about complaining about hfh but then i remember the fairy tale that didnt come true and the lies and our treatment at their hands.
    Cover your back while you can

  7. #23
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    Re: What do you really know about Habitat for Huma

    THIS IS HORRIBLE! I am shocked! Habitat was one of my favorite organizations! Once you've been thrown under the bus by a phony charity, you try to lean on the old faithful charities so that you can continue to believe that there is something good in the world. I am so disappointed. I hope that this is a mistake. I intend to investigate further.

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  9. #24
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    Re: What do you really know about Habitat for Huma

    I am experiencing Ballooning Mortgage with Habitat now i would like to talk to someone in my situation mortgage going up from 766. to 928 in less than 30 day then to 1054 in the next 5 months, I would like to know if I can to seek legal help (even to get out of the house) so sad I feel so bad just reading they actual gave me a second mortgage along with my first mortgage I feel I am on the verge of loosing my home that I have been in for 4 year to a balloon, they are very nasty in my local office, would like to know of anyone else that has my expirence or some advice Thanks for listening

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    Re: What do you really know about Habitat for Huma

    We are also having issues with Habitat. Is there anyone else in Canada PLS message me as would like to speak to anyone else having issues here in Canada
    Thanks

  11. #26
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    Re: What do you really know about Habitat for Huma

    Ok, just to let someone know about Habbitat for who ???,
    this is my gripe with them,
    I live in colorado, Both me and my wife are disabled we both get social security , and we also get food stamps, we filled out a app, with habbitat and to our suprise we made there guidelines by $2.00 ,
    we then was told of how nice these homes were built and appraised from 150,000 to 170,000, and our 0% loan would be 448.00 a month,
    now heres the dirt, since our kids are grown and gone habitat told us we only quilfie for a 1 bedroom home, and they were gonna give us a 2 bed room
    (mighty nice of em) now in todays housing market a 2 bed room home for 150,000 thats some home!!!! (yea right) on our application we also specified what county we needed to live in , we did our mandatory 8 hour work, landscapeing in the rain,
    the next month we recieved our first property letter witch was 35 miles on the other side of town, a 25 foot lot 2 bed no garage ,and the neighbor was horrid as well, we recieved the same property 4 times after that we refused them all,
    then we recieved a couple of others that were even father away that the first, we refused them as well,
    we couldent understand why we was even asked what county we needed to be in,being dissabled our doctors are here not across the state,
    we contacted habatat international and complained to no avail, we was told not to call internationall as they dont have anything to do with habbitat in colorado,???? really???? wow?
    now this month is our 8th month and we recieved a call from habashit saying they had nothing for us and told us we would have to reapply again!!!
    well we are fed up with them telling us that they have nothing in our area
    and the same day they run a add in the paper for volenteers to build 6 new homes in the county we wanted,
    and they have the nerv to tell us we need to be more felxaball:zx11pissed:

  12. #27
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    Re: What do you really know about Habitat for Huma

    H4H runs 2nd hand , recycled bulding supplies stores they call the Re- Store. Everything they sell is donated or given to them, alot of stuff is used in good condition like appliances, doors, windows but most of it is new material such as excess tile or flooring, hardware and misc.items.
    They have gotten very greedy with the pricing of alot of stuff and Its kind of funny how the company principals and outline has a very Socialistic approach, In fact
    the corporate board of officers back Socialism and its agenda. The whole "helping the for the greater good of the community" and "non-profit" are things they hide behind but they show their true faces when theres more money to be made.
    They used to have good deals on stuff but its ridiculous at some of the prices they want for used stuff. I saw a used trash compactor they had and i needed to replace mine. it was priced at $250.00 and I had priced several used compactors on craigslist and at a used appliance shop. $125.- $200. was what i saw on craigslist and the appliance shop had one for $210. I asked the manager of the re-store if they would take $200. since that was all the cash i had. Her reply was "Sorry this isnt a flea market, we dont negotiate prices"
    lol, a company influenced by Socialism but the greed is too strong when theres opportunity to get another dollar, ,,, isnt that capitolism?

  13. #28
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    Re: What do you really know about Habitat for Huma

    Quote Originally Posted by habitat sucks View Post
    The house in Glendora makes me sick. What, I am supposed to feel sorry for a family who has made the choice to be a single income family instead of being dual income like EVERYONE else in this area. When I was first married, I was in the same position that this family is now. Do you know what I did? Went to college, got a better paying job, and bought a major fixer house to be improved solely by my own sweat, not the sweat of do gooders and photo ops. If I had known that all I had to do was quit my job and spit out another child to in order to be given a brand new LEED house "at cost and with no interest" I would not have worked so hard toward my own hard earned mortgage! Lets all just feel sorry for me who was dumb enough to think I had to work for what I wanted, hell, it will just be dropped off in my lap if I just whine a little and give a good story Habitat for Humanity will do the work for me!
    I have a great story about some lazy scumbags who pulled a great scam and Habit for Humanity is behind it. Basically before the housing crisis the area where I live had a average property value of about $550,000. We get a flyer saying that Habit for Humanity with the Coalition of churches of Elmhurst, IL is going to "build" a HFH house on our block. I agree with "habitat sucks" wholeheartly because what these people got what far exceeds what I thought HFH was about. They basically tore down a house that needed a little work to the studs and rebuilt it. They ripped up a perfectly fine driveway and tore down a garage that needed to be painted and laid a brand new concrete drive then built a brand new 3 car garage. Do you what's parked in that gargage? A Mecedes, VW and a Yukon Denali. Moral of the story - these "needy" people got a brand new house and when they valued it, it was valued at $170,000. You couldn't touch a house on my block for less then 500k at the time. I thought HFH was about helping those who needed it. In this case a scam was pulled. When it was time to meet the neighbors I went down there. You know what their hardship was/is? The husband got too fat to work and was let go and the wife is a recovering meth head. The kids are in great shape. No health issues at all. The people on my block are outraged and those of us who used to donate to HFH don't anymore. By the way guess who the biggest troublemakers on the block are? When their next door neighbor who owns a tree business called them out for what they really are, they had fake flyers printed acussing him of being a sex offender which he isn't. He is just a guy who owns a business and goes to work everyday and works his tail off. Everyone on the block except for these people work for a living. Before you judge me, I give plenty of money to wothwhile causes like Smile Train. I have worked since I was 14 and have earned everything I have. Too fat to work? Lose weight. No longer on meth? GET A JOB! The point of all this that it gives people who can/did give money to HFH a reason not to. That hurts the people who really need it. I'm sorry but I can't give money to a charity who lets this happen. I mean these people live high on the hog and do nothing. These people are BUMS and trouble makers. Yes, I have an issue with them living on my block because I seriously doubt they put anything back. You are supposed to put sweat equity into your home? They have a lawn service. I mow my lawn when I get home from WORK. I'm not condemning those who need help. I'm all for it. These are the people who are giving you issues. Less money coming in and big amounts going out in cons means the people who need help get screwed. That seems to a common issue on this board but it is because of Lazy people who are involved in some scam with HFH that you get screwed. I'm sorry but me and 12 other people took this up with HFH and were told that we didn't want people like that on our block. That's not the real case. We just feel that what we all worked hard and big ticket houses shouldn't be given to scammers. We are now all convinced that HFH is a huge scam. So there's the other side of it. By the way this is going on in Westmont, IL and was started in Elmhurst, IL. I'm sorry if hurts the peole who need it but HFH will never get another cent from me. What a sick joke.

  14. #29
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    Re: What do you really know about Habitat for Humanity

    I know I'm a little late to the party but I am SO glad I found this because now I know I'm not going crazy.

    We live in Denver and our Habitat chapter is Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. We applied for a Habitat home in December 2012, thinking the worst they could say was "no"...so far it turns out the worst they could say was YES. We have been waiting almost THREE MONTHS to be sent our first property letter.

    I will lay it out in timeline form.

    December 2, 2012: We go to orientation and apply.

    December 10, 2012: We receive a letter informing us we have been selected, but to send in more financial information.

    January 2013: We still have not heard back from Habitat concerning whether we have been 100% financially approved.

    February 2013: We finally receive word that we have been financially approved, and that "sometime in March" we will have volunteers come and inspect our current living situation, and a week after the home visit we will be informed as to whether we would be given a home.

    March 2013: Home visit conducted. Volunteers are actually very nice and personable. One week later one of them calls to let us know we have been approved and will be getting a house. A few days later I go to a Partnership Meeting (husband attends another one later).

    This is where I find out that DESPITE BEING TOLD WE WOULD RECEIVE A SINGLE FAMILY HOME, they likely will not be offering us a single family home.

    Also, DESPITE ASKING US WHERE WE WOULD PREFER TO LIVE ON OUR APPLICATION, I learn that is for "future reference" as to where they should buy in later years. The woman kept talking stupid-excitedly about townhouse communities in extremely poor, crime-infested areas almost an hour away from where we live, work, and attend church. We also have a 70-lb. dog that needs a yard to roam as well as two kids, and we refuse to rehome the dog because we brought him with us when we moved across the country; if we were going to rehome him at all it would have been prior to moving. He is our family so he's not going anywhere without us. I mentioned my husband's work predicament in reference to these very highly undesirable and inconvenient locations and the woman said snottily, "Well jobs change." Another person at the table said, "It's a free house!" To which I replied, "It is NOT a free house. We still have to build it and pay closing costs and pay a mortgage every month." (Speaking of which, we were quoted $795/month for a mortgage without HOA fees and $885 a month for a mortgage WITH HOA fees - we currently pay $885 a month for rent, so the latter option would be highly undesirable to us. And what types of housing communities nearly always have HOA fees? TOWNHOUSES.)

    I also learned that they only offer you three choices and they can offer you THE SAME PROPERTY THREE TIMES IN A ROW - and if you turn down your three offers, you are out. I felt misled, but chose to keep an open mind because hey, they would offer us a place to live and the chances couldn't be that great that they would ACTUALLY offer us the SAME HOUSE three times in a row, right? THEN the woman goes on to explain that you are expected to stay in the home for at least five years before attempting to sell - which we knew - but then continues with the stipulation that if you choose to sell between the 5-year and 15-year mark Habitat CAN BUY YOUR HOME BACK FROM YOU AT COST or TAKE UP TO 50% OF WHATEVER PROFIT YOU MAKE. I was liking this less and less, but still putting all my hopes on the possibility that we just *might* get a single family home in a quiet neighborhood close to our church and my husband's work.

    I left the meeting as soon as I could, and went home to fill in my husband.

    The following week we start our sweat equity hours at a local ReStore. We continue working at the ReStore until our first 25 hours each are completed, in which we were informed we would receive our first property hour after completing.

    May 8, 2013: It has been a week since we turned in our 25 hours each and I am out of town when I receive a call from the woman I met at the Partnership Meeting - she is the family coordinating specialist. She informs me VIA VOICEMAIL that it will be SIX WEEKS OR LESS before we are offered our first property. "Coincidentally" (and I say that with the utmost sarcasm), that is when we must have 50 HOURS of SWEAT EQUITY COMPLETED OR WE WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE PROGRAM. I mark my calendar and call my husband to inform him of this delay THAT WAS NOT MENTIONED TO US. (They just keep adding more steps and dangling the carrot.) I return home from my trip and my husband and I work overtime to complete 25 more hours each by June 21, 2013, the day our deadline for sweat equity occurs as well as the day we are supposed to receive our first property offer.

    June 21, 2013: Because the last time we turned in hours and some mysteriously disappeared (they apparently aren't the most organized organization; they found our hours a week after telling us they weren't all accounted for), I chose to drive to the Habitat office myself and drop off the hours to the family coordination specialist in person. I had actually called her to make sure it was okay and she said it would be fine and she would be there all day, just to come on by. I had two preschool kids with me and it was hot and sweaty outside and their office is located in a very unsafe part of town. Upon entering the building, all was quiet and nobody else was there save for my kids, the Habitat receptionist, and myself. I have always been a friendly individual and I greeted her warmly. She said, sourly, "Hello. How can I...help you." I told her what my business was and she snapped, "Well do you have an APPOINTMENT?" I said no, that I was informed by the family coordination specialist just to come on by. "Well you HAVE to have AN APPOINTMENT. I can just take your hours for you and I'll make sure she receives them." I balked at this, since the last time our hours got all mixed up and lost, and told her so. She informed me that if I did not leave the hours with her we would be kicked out of the program for "refusing to partner." At this point I just wanted to kick her, so I said, "Thanks" and handed them to her. As I turned to go, I remembered I wanted to ask the Family Coordination Specialist about when we would expect to receive our first offer as she had told us it would be that day. I asked the receptionist and she said, "Well, if it has REALLY been six weeks, it SHOULD be in the mail today."

    We went home and checked the mail. It didn't come.

    We waited a few days, still nothing.

    June 25, 2013: My husband decides to call the FCS (Family Coordination Specialist) to find out why we haven't received a property. She does not pick up (as usual), and calls while we are in the middle of watching a movie at the movie theater with our children, so she leaves a voicemail telling us that she anticipates us having to wait TWO MORE WEEKS to receive a property offer. Angry, I call back and leave a voicemail, an hour before the office closes, and contain myself enough so that she can hear in my voice that I am upset, but I speak clearly and evenly and tell her, "I am calling because I am confused. I have a saved voicemail from you on May 8, 2013, telling us it would be six weeks or less from that date. It has now been almost seven weeks since May 8, 2013, and now you have informed us that we have to wait two more weeks, but you did not give an explanation. Please call me back as soon as possible so we can discuss this issue and you can further explain to me the process. Thank you."

    June 26, 2013: FCS, who has always called us back within the same day, has not called back. I call again. I wait three hours and then call her supervisor. Nothing.

    June 27, 2013: I decide to give it a day and not call Habitat. Habitat suddenly flashes across my phone screen. I answer. It is a volunteer asking me if WE CAN DO MORE SWEAT EQUITY. I inform her kindly that we have been somewhat disillusioned with Habitat lately and she asks how she can help. Suddenly I am crying and I tell her everything, and that my husband and I have no intention of pulling any more sweat equity until we choose a property, because it is tearing our family apart - our children are behaving erratically, we are fighting all the time, we never spend time together. She says she understands and she will talk to the FCS and others I complained about.

    June 28, 2013: Both the volunteer and the FCS have left messages on my phone that I somehow miss. The volunteer is very kind and says she talked to the FCS et al. The FCS on the other hand sounds defensive and informs us that her initial six week time frame was an ESTIMATE and she should have stated that more clearly. She continued to say that she gives each family AT LEAST a week to decide if they want a home. Her statements in this voicemail are inconsistent with her original statements. At the partnership meeting, she said she gives each family UP TO a week, meaning they only get SEVEN DAYS to decide. Not AT LEAST, meaning they can take as long as needed. On the first voicemail on May 8, 2013, she said it would be six weeks OR LESS. That is an estimate. She ESTIMATED it would take six weeks or LESS. If she wanted to say it would be an estimate of six weeks or MORE, she should have said MORE, not LESS.

    July 10, 2013: Yesterday was the two-week mark for receiving our first property offer. Nothing has come in the mail. However, we are still continuing to receive mail from Habitat - calendars for workshops, etc. that count for sweat equity - as well as a postcard for an invitation to help three families officially "open" their homes. It's like adding insult to injury. On the postcard is of course, the ONE single family home address they were committed to building this year. So my hopes are even lower than before and frustration even higher. We have begun looking into more conventional options for home buying and hope something along that vein will turn up.

    In short, no down payment and no interest really isn't worth all the headache if we aren't saving money on our monthly mortgage and stuck in a townhouse an hour away from our lives for fifteen years. We have LIVED in ATTACHED housing now for seven years. We do not intend to do it any longer. Basically Habitat for Humanity is glorified project housing and it is run by a bunch of hacks.

    One more thing - the FCS informed us at the partnership meeting that Habitat accepts more families than they have properties, counting on some people to drop out of their own accord. She said this as though it was TOTALLY NORMAL, ACCEPTABLE, AND HONEST. I think it's a horrible thing to do to someone and not very wise considering they may end up one day in a situation where nobody drops out and they suddenly have NO PLACE to put them.

    Sorry - one more thing, lol. This October former President Jimmy Carter and his wife are coming to Denver to help fix up some townhouses as well as build a few more new ones. We have been informed that unless we are one of the families tied to these homes we will NOT be allowed to build our own houses until Jimmy Carter and his wife leaves. This means all of our sweat equity must be completed at the ReStores, which isn't so bad BUT it means us and approximately 175 other families will not be permitted to build on their own homes - only 11 townhouses have been selected for the Jimmy Carter Project. I find this more than a little worrisome as I want to be very much involved in the building process to ensure my home isn't being put together by a crew of monkeys and two-year-olds. Also there are only four Denver ReStores and they only need 3 or 4 family partner volunteers in a day to accomodate all the CRIMINALS they allow to fill their community service requirements (yes be careful in those ReStores, the staff is very nice and friendly but the vast majority of the volunteers are there for many unsavory reasons). I think this may be another way to ensure that not every family is able to complete their required 200 sweat equity hours to receive a home through Habitat.
    Last edited by Sass; 07-10-2013 at 10:58 AM.

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    Re: What do you really know about Habitat for Humanity

    Hello My name is Marvin Dubois I now live in Winona,mn. In less than 2 mos Im not sure where my family and I will live thanks to Winona habitat that forclosed on my home. First thing that comes to your mind is why didnt I pay? I tried they block my payments to the bank and this all started when I couldnt stand what was going on here. I have seen them rob home owners and my kids couldnt even play in the yard due to the dirt they used from a junk yard. having glass and metel in the yard since day one. you pick it out the it rains and you find more. my daughter that comes and stays with me in the summers cut her leg one year and that was the last time I seen her her mom wont let me take her now. habitat calls the city all the time on people over here for dumb things they wont fix anything. they lied to me and got the foreclosure. 9 years I lived here and because of them I'm losing my family's home and will be without a home. What i am now is a beaten man. I failed and what I hoped was for one day pass on this home to a son and daughter. i lost my little girl to this and i lost my self to this how can they call themselves people of God ? how can they take money and say they will do good and rip a persons life apart? TELL ME PLEASE GOD WHY ? THEY HAVE NO SOUL PEOPLE THEY HAVE NO SOUL

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    Re: What do you really know about Habitat for Huma

    Quote Originally Posted by CeCe Moore View Post
    THIS IS HORRIBLE! I am shocked! Habitat was one of my favorite organizations! Once you've been thrown under the bus by a phony charity, you try to lean on the old faithful charities so that you can continue to believe that there is something good in the world. I am so disappointed. I hope that this is a mistake. I intend to investigate further.
    I'm Am Very Sorry to dissapoint you but they have stolen our home after living there for 16 YEARS....

    Yeah that's right paid the police $2500.00 bucs or something close to it to throw My 20 month year old Grandson ,my Daughter, My Wife and my self and are three dogs out into a Jeep Cherokee at 8am With the exec.director telling the cop-s as they asked if we could have more time...to get clothes to which she said NO!
    Then they chased my cats out of the house with pellet guns{ ha Ha Great fun Huh}...And we spenyt are first night together in the cold at Russian jacks golf course..It used to be a caqmp ground and rec place but where the money in that???
    Yeah FOR HUMANITY....they'll be happy to tell you my wife didn't pay for more than a year,,But they wont tell you that we were in Chp 13 bankruptcy with them at the time and the us trustee was not paying our Crediters...but they are taking it out of our bank ....that way we cant pay to bring them in as witnesses....HA!

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    Re: What do you really know about Habitat for Humanity

    Man... things like this are why I've always been wary of charities. I basically look into them before giving any money...

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