Description & Mission
Habitat for Humanity helps low-income families in need by providing, simple, decent, affordable housing through a partnership between families, volunteers and a coalition of individuals, businesses, churches and others with the necessary resources to accomplish its mission. The organizations works hand-in-hand with people in need to produce a sense of empowerment and accomplishment, providing an environment for positive life changes. Not only do they work to impact the families that they are serving in a positive manner, but they spread awareness and education about the need for affordable housing to every volunteer that works with them.
Financial Stability Partner Agency, Safe, Stable, & Affordable Housing
United Way of Southeast Mississippi funds support the Weatherization Program conducted by Habitat for Humanity of the Pine Belt in partnership with Mississippi Power. Habitat for Humanity is able to evaluate already-existing homes for structural problems that result in leaking. These leaks can cause power bills to skyrocket during the summertime as A/C units work double time to cool off the home. Habitat then seals those areas and tests the home again to ensure all problems have been fixed, saving families on average 17% on their power bills.
Habitat for Humanity in the News
Habitat for Humanity recently went through a rebrand, changing their name from Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity to Habitat for Humanity of the Pine Belt. This renaming better represents who the organization serves: Forrest, Lamar, Marion, and Jones counties.
Meet Mr. and Mrs. Frederickson.
Mr. and Mrs. Frederickson are recently retired and were searching for way to find ways to save in this new phase of life. As many families experience in the Summer in the South, they immediately looked to their power bill and how they could bring that cost down. They reached out to Habitat for Humanity of the Pine Belt and were thrilled with the experience. During the process itself, the workers were nice and incredibly respectful, says the couple.
Now that the work is done, the couple has stayed more comfortable during the day and night while having a power bill lowered by 27%. While on a fixed income, this has been a blessing.
Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity has opportunities for groups of volunteers, often workplaces, to dedicate time and talent to help build homes in the Pine Belt. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, these volunteer builds are on hold until further notice.