2018 February

Habitat Humanitarians: The Scott Brothers

Because of Jonathan and Drew Scott’s extraordinary dedication to Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live, Habitat International has recognized them as Habitat Humanitarians.

Jonathan and Drew join former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, former first lady Rosalynn Carter and country music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood in this group of special volunteers who serve as tireless champions, advocates and spokespeople to raise awareness of the need for decent, affordable shelter in the United States and around the world.

Jonathan and Drew Scott’s Favorite Parts of a Habitat Build

Getting started? Handing a new homeowner the keys to the house they helped build? Everything in between? Habitat Humanitarians Jonathan and Drew Scott share the moments they love most when volunteering for Habitat.

“We always want to make sure that people realize that when they’re volunteering with Habitat, that when you go to that build site, that’s going to be a family that probably thought they never would’ve in a million years have something like this — a home of their own,” Drew says. “And they’re going to get that thanks to you.”

Jonathan and Drew Scott On Why They Love Habitat

Habitat Humanitarians Jonathan and Drew Scott share what draws them to our work.

“We’ve seen firsthand how affordable homeownership changes lives,” Jonathan says. “Owning your own home — it’s not even just the American dream, it’s a human dream, it’s a family dream. It’s something that we think everybody should have the right to and access to, and Habitat for Humanity is who does it the best.”

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An Unlikely Partner

Habitat for Humanity Visits Utah Film Studios and Sundance Institute

An unlikely partnership has developed between Utah Film Studios and Habitat for Humanity of Summit and Wasatch Counties. Many materials that are used on their local film sets are purchased right here from the Park City ReStore, providing low-cost options for the creation of authentic movie sets. Then, after filming concludes, production companies will donate set materials, furniture and appliances used during the shoots, keeping them out of local landfills. It’s a win-win for the entire community.

Habitat staff was lucky to have the opportunity to tour Utah Film Studios during the Sundance Film Festival. Thanks to the Utah Film Studios and Sundance Institute for the unique opportunity, and for your continued support that helps families right here in Summit and Wasatch Counties.

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HOME Act Passes With Bipartisan Support

Senate urged to pass HOME Act which would allow donated home appraisals to keep costs of Habitat homes low.

(Jan. 30, 2018) – In a strong and bipartisan show of support, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Housing Opportunities Made Easier, or HOME, Act, a bill that would clarify law allowing home appraisers to donate their services to organizations like Habitat for Humanity.

The legislation, introduced by Rep. Dave Trott, R-Mich., in the House and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, in the Senate, has been a top priority of Habitat for Humanity so that the homes it builds across the United States remain affordable to homebuyers.

“This bill will help us keep affordable housing affordable,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Across the United States, Habitat volunteers build thousands of new homes alongside homebuyers. By ensuring that professional appraisers are also able to volunteer their services, this legislation will help keep loan origination fees low for new homebuyers. That’s good news for people buying Habitat homes, and it’s good news for the more than 1,300 local Habitat organizations across the nation that will be able to use the savings to build, rehabilitate and repair more homes.”

The HOME Act was approved by the House on a voice vote last night, and moves to the Senate for consideration. Sen. Portman’s companion legislation is currently under consideration by the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.

“We applaud the House’s action and urge the Senate to quickly take up and pass this sensible and strongly bipartisan piece of legislation,” Reckford added. “Habitat salutes the leadership of Congressman Dave Trott and Senator Rob Portman, who in addition to being strong advocates for affordable housing are also both dedicated Habitat volunteers.”

In a speech on the House floor urging his colleagues to pass the bill, Rep. Trott recounted his experience volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.

“During my first term in Congress, I, along with my entire district office, had the opportunity to join Habitat for Humanity on one of their builds in Oakland County, Michigan,” Trott said in his floor speech. “It was great fun helping them build a Michigan family’s home, but I think we often forget that Habitat for Humanity and other nonprofit housing organizations do so much more than just build a home. These nonprofits actually offer families who live in their homes no- or low-interest loans, making the dream of homeownership affordable for so many. The home of course needs to be appraised before a loan may be approved and many times professional appraisers volunteer their services so that the nonprofit does not have to incur additional expense.”

About Habitat for Humanity

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower.

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