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Habitat for Humanity Restore

Did you know that Habitat for Humanity needs used building materials? This means if you’re planning on remodeling your home, you’ll have a great opportunity to save your materials from a landfill, help a great organization and get a tax break!

Habitat for Humanity runs dozens of “ReStores” across the country. These stores take donations of new or gently-used building supplies, resell them to the public and use all profits to fund the building of Habitat for Humanity homes.

The Austin Habitat for Humanity Restore was the first of its kind in the United States when it opened 21 years ago. Now, the store donates about $500,000 each year to other Habitat programs and there are 750 other ReStores located in 48 other states aiding their mission.

By encouraging reuse, the store has saved more than 13 million pounds of reusable construction material from going into landfills!

And as Austin’s only discount home improvement store, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore has provided affordable building materials to hundreds of shoppers.

The ReStore frequently has light fixtures, cabinets, mirrors, sinks, tiles, flooring and doors hanging around. But you never know what else, you’ll find! New donations are received daily.

If you would like to visit the Austin ReStore, it’s opened Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for shopping and Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for donations. The store is located at 310 Comal, Suite 100 in Austin, Texas 78702.

Or if you’re planning on hiring a demolition company for your remodeling and want one who will donate the supplies for you, contact Austin demolition provider Dirty Work at 512-328-3698.

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At Dirty Work, we’re proud to support Habitat for HumanityImage

Founded in 1976, Habitat for Humanity volunteers believe that everyone should have a decent, affordable place to live. To help, the nonprofit uses volunteer labor and donations to build or repair homes for low-income families.

For a family to receive a Habitat home, they must demonstrate financial need and be willing to pay with “sweat equity.” Sweat equity refers to the fact that all families are expected to assist Habitat for Humanity for 400-500 hours on building someone else’s home before they can receive their own home. After meeting all the criteria, the family will then receive their new home with a zero percent mortgage rate. All of the mortgage money will then go towards helping build more Habitat homes.

And why is Habitat for Humanity’s mission so important?

Because the world, including the United States of America, faces a serious shortage of affordable housing.

The Habitat website lists the following statistics:

  • 827.6 million people live in urban slums around the world
  • 1 billion people will live in an urban slum by 2020
  • 48.5 million people live in poverty in the United States

This lack of affordable, safe housing across the globe leads to millions of death each year, including the deaths of more than 1.8 million children worldwide. HIV/AIDs, tuberculosis, diarrhea and malaria flourish in urban slums. In areas lacking proper sanitization and clean water, all of these diseases can represent a death sentence.

A recent study even found that children living in Habitat for Humanity homes in Malawi were 44% less likely to contract malaria, respiratory or gastrointestinal diseases compared to children who were living in traditional homes.

Habitat homes create a sense of stability for families. This sense of stability creates a sense of dignity and pride. The combination of an increase in healthy conditions, physical safety and security with the pride and dignity homeownership installs leads to an increase in educational opportunities and job prospects for Habitat for Humanity home recipients.

In this way, Habitat for Humanity is able to create a ripple effect –  by helping one family, they help an entire community.

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Looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift for the woman who has everything?

Consider donating to Habitat for Humanity in her honor. The following donation amounts provide the following in demand supplies for the home builders: $10 – box of nails, $35 – roof shingles, $50 – low flow toilet, $75 – window, $100 – kitchen sink, $150 – front door, $500 – siding, $1,000 – wallboard and $2,000 for flooring.

Dirty WorkSince 1985, the Austin chapter of Habitat for Humanity has built more than 335 homes for low-income Austin residents and provided much needed repairs for an additional 100 homes. Currently, the chapter builds between 20 and 25 homes per year with hopes to expand to 40 homes per year soon, but to do that they’ll need our help!

In addition to the need for cash donations, the Austin chapter of Habitat for Humanity is always looking for dedicated volunteers to help build and repair homes. The home building team works in shifts from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday while the home repair team works on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Dirty Work is proud to announce our support of Habitat for Humanity and we hope you’ll join us in supporting this great cause!

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