Our objective is to provide 4-5 homes a year to meet the increased need for decent affordable housing in Oconee County. To date, OCHFH has constructed over 100 houses. We are in constant need for volunteers - skilled and unskilled. We are in search of construction supervisors, plumbers, and electricians. Construction crews work Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 7:30 am to 11:30 am. Contact Mike Stevenson by email to volunteer, learn about current construction sites or for any additional information.
A Habitat house in Oconee County costs approximately $80,000 each. It is usually 1,000 to 1,150 square feet in size and has 3 to 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, a living room, kitchen and dining area. Construction is energy-efficient and meets all required codes and standards. Volunteers and prospective families provide most of the labor; individual and corporate donors provide money and materials. Partner families invest hundreds of hours of labor - sweat equity - into building their homes and the homes of others or working in our Resale Store.
After a $800 down payment, owner or owners repay the cost of housing materials, sub-contracts and land over a 20 to 30-year period. NO PROFIT is added to the cost of the house, and NO INTEREST is charged to the home purchaser. Mortgage payments go into a revolving fund that is used to build more houses.
Volunteers interested in landscaping work on Oconee County Habitat for Humanity homes, should contact Terri Mendonca by email.
- In 2017, OCHFH is nearing completion on a new development on Butler School Road, Westminster.
- In 2016, OCHFH celebrated its 30 year anniversary of building homes in Oconee County, and started construction on our 100th home.
- In December 2014, OCHFH completed construction of the last three houses of its original commitment to Mt. Nebo Estates in Seneca. OCHFH has also purchased the remaining undeveloped lots in Mt. Nebo for future construction.