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This two bedroom, one bathroom home is the 227th house built by Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County, and the 7th in our Osage Place Neighborhood. Over the last 35 years, Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County has housed over 815 people–including 460 children. Currently, we are building an average of 8-10 homes each year and have nearly 30 families in our program.
This single level home is sponsored by the Ann St. John Legacy Fund. It is fully accessible, with a no-step entrance, doorway and hallway passage widths designed for wheelchairs, and all rooms with clear turning spaces. Designed and built with efficiency in mind, the home is Energy Star certified for heating and cooling and features Energy Star Whirlpool appliances. The attic is conditioned and insulated to R-value 38 with spray foam, and the walls are insulated to R-value 18. The home is equipped with WaterSense rated plumbing fixtures and LED lighting, and is solar panel ready.
At Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County we build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter–the only thing we give away is an opportunity. Our mission is to eliminate poverty housing by building decent, affordable homes in partnership with qualifying families. Our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Our work in Monroe County has a special urgency as 1 in 5 (21%) people live in poverty. According to 2021 data, Bloomington is the second most expensive city to live in the state of Indiana. To afford rental payments for a median-priced two-bedroom apartment in Bloomington (working 40 hours/week and without paying more than 30% of income on housing) an individual would need to make $17.83/hour (7% higher than the state average). Someone earning minimum wage would have to work 98 hours/week to afford an average two-bedroom apartment.
All who qualify for the Habitat program do so based on the same three criteria: need for housing, ability to pay, willingness to partner. Each adult member living in a Habitat home must contribute 250 hours of volunteering, called sweat equity, prior to closing on their house.
Through volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, our houses are sold to future homeowners and financed with affordable loans. As the homeowners pay back their affordable mortgage, the funds are reinvested in our operations in order to offer future families an opportunity for homeownership.
- Habitat for Humanity ReStore – furniture
- ABC Supply – siding and roofing materials
- Abell Nursery – landscaping plants
- Bender Lumber
- Black Lumber
- Carpets Plus Colortile
- Closets Too
- Commercial Service – HVAC
- Lee Supply Corp – plumbing fixtures
- Rake Cabinet and Countertop Solutions – countertops
- Rapid Roofing – gutters
- Tommy Ds – windows, doors and cabinets
- Affordable Spray Foam – attic insulation
- Barry Company – plumbing fixtures
- Bloomington Plumbing Company
- City Glass of Bloomington
- Clark Excavation & Underground Utilities
- Complete Masonry Supplies
- Derek Groomer Concrete
- DL Electric
- Rader Masonry
- Sicamoro Drywall
- Springpoint Architects