Construction Planning: Residential Housing Built with Volunteer Labor
WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE DEPT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING
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One of the best known of the volunteer construction organizations in the United States is Habitat for Humanity HFH. Founded in 1976, HFH is an international ecumemical housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing. Through tax-deductible donations of money, materials and volunteer labor, HFH builds and rehabilitates homes with the help of the future homeowners. Houses are sold at no profit to families with no-interest mortgages issued over a fixed period. Currently, a HFH house in the U.S. costs homeowners 30,000, while overseas houses range from 1,000 to 3,000. Small monthly mortgages, including taxes and insurances, are repaid over an average of 20 years and deposited into a revolving Fund for Humanity which supports the construction of more houses.
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