One of our greatest challenges is finding homes to rehab or property to develop to construct a home for our partner families. The mission to eliminate poverty housing is in alignment with the ordinances in our local municipalities: Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Suffolk, Portsmouth and Smithfield/Isle of Wight County. We rely heavily on the donations of buildable land to keep our volunteers busy building decent affordable housing.
At Habitat SHR affordability is our driving force - land, mortgage payments (zero-interest, no profit), material purchases. We are seeking the most affordable buildable property, preferably on a public road with direct access to utilities. However, we are willing to explore many possibilities. This includes adjoining lots that would provide land to build attached dwellings; such as duplexes or multi-family units.
If the building is in good structural shape, we may be able to do a rehab. If the building is not suitable for a rehab, we can demolish the home and clear the property to construct a new home.
The most fundamental reason is the feeling of contribution you get from helping less fortunate families build a stable life as homeowners in the community. There are also significant tax benefits from donating land.
If you are willing to sell the property at a price substantially below the market prices, you will still be eligible for tax advantages, and we may be able to reach a price that allows us to achieve our home pricing target.
Whether you own property or know of some that might be available to us, please call us 640-0590. We will investigate all possibilities. The property does not need to belong to an individual; churches and businesses are examples of the non-traditional land donor who have donated to us in the past.
Please contact us at 757.640.0590 or by using our secure Contact Form.