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Habitat for Humanity's goal is to provide decent, affordable housing to people in need, to give a hand up, not a hand out. We sponsor specific projects in habitat development in the West Bay and northern Rhode Island areas, focusing on the construction of modest but adequate housing by building homes in partnership with people in the local community.
Through donations of time, volunteer help, money and building materials, we aim to build homes that would become affordable to those who would otherwise not be able to acquire a home. We also rehab older homes if the structure is sound, and make home repairs for those who qualify under Habitat guidelines. Our philosophy is "A hand up, not a hand out". We select homeowners based upon financial need and their need for decent housing. Those selected become a partner with us by investing substantial sweat equity in the building of homes. To accomplish our goals we rely almost entirely on volunteer help. Volunteers are from all walks of life, economic levels and religious and non-religious backgrounds. Our Board is entirely volunteer, and we have no paid administrative positions. Virtually 100% of our resources are invested into the homes we build.
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