Habitat Philadelphia also celebrated two significant organizational milestones in FY23, marking the 1,000th household served and 250th home sold since our founding in 1985.
The Thompson Family – Joe, a veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Eloise, a longtime social worker – have a new roof, a rebuilt porch, a repaved walkway, new windows, and a new heater in their Hunting Park home, which they’ve shared for two decades and plan to pass on to their children.
Latrece, Dwight and their three children proudly purchased the first completed home at Coltrane Commons, a 21-unit housing development in Strawberry Mansion that includes Habitat Philly’s first-ever multi-family units. With the focus on building more Habitat homes, this multi-family development empowers 11 low-wealth families to achieve their goal of homeownership.
A key area of strategic growth for Habitat Philadelphia is our Home Repair Program. The most affordable home is the one you already live in, and with Philadelphia’s unique confluence of aging housing stock, high instances of poverty, and high percentage of homeownership, home repair is a critical area of focus to help homeowners age in place and create generational wealth for their families.
Over the next three years, we will double the capacity of our repair program, with a goal to complete 200 repairs annually by 2026. With a transformational $4.1 million grant from the William Penn Foundation, we are well-positioned to achieve and sustain this ambitious goal.
Habitat Philadelphia could not achieve its mission without the support of the community. In October, we launched Habitat Day of Giving, a one-day campaign in concert with World Habitat Day. In recognition of the importance of home, 232 donors showed up and raised $107,000 in just 24 hours!
In May, we debuted Home WORKS week, sharing stories that demonstrate the fundamental impact of home – for health, education, and generational wealth. Capping off the week with Building Hope Live, our virtual luncheon, the community came together to raise more than $505,000 to support our homeownership, home repair, and neighborhood revitalization programs.
We continue to work alongside our neighbors, connecting community members with educational resources, pro bono legal services, and advocacy initiatives that will lead to greater opportunity and security for all.
The future is bright for Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia, but challenges persist and there is much work to be done. There are many ways to partner with us on this journey, by volunteering, donating, and advocating for meaningful change. I invite you to stay connected and share our impact.
Thank you for working alongside us to build strength and stability through the power of shelter. Together, we are making a difference, home by home, block by block, for our city and community.
Chief Executive Officer
Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia