Mission and Information
P.O. Box 88 | Leland, MS 38756 | (662) 820-6922
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.
We undertake our work to demonstrate the love and teachings of Jesus, acting in all ways in accord with the belief that God’s love and grace abound for all, and that we must be “hands and feet” of that love and grace in our world. We believe that, through faith, the miniscule can be multiplied to accomplish the magnificent, and that, in faith, respectful relationships can grow among all people.
Focus on shelter.
We have chosen, as our means of manifesting God’s love, to create opportunities for all people to live in decent, durable shelter. We put faith into action by helping to build, renovate or preserve homes, and by partnering with others to accelerate and broaden access to affordable housing as a foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty.
Advocate for affordable housing.
In response to the prophet Micah’s call to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God, we promote decent, affordable housing for all, and we support the global community’s commitment to housing as a basic human right. We will advocate for just and fair housing policy to eliminate the constraints that contribute to poverty housing. And, in all of our work, we will seek to put shelter on hearts and minds in such powerful ways that poverty housing becomes socially, politically and religiously unacceptable.
Promote dignity and hope.
We believe that no one lives in dignity until everyone can live in dignity. We believe that every person has something to contribute and something to gain from creating communities in which all people have decent, affordable places to live. We believe that dignity and hope are best achieved through equitable, accountable partnerships.
Support sustainable and transformational development.
We view our work as successful when it transforms lives and promotes positive and lasting social, economic and spiritual change within a community; when it is based on mutual trust and fully shared accomplishment; and when it demonstrates responsible stewardship of all resources entrusted to us.
Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations will not proselytize. Nor will HFH work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with HFH. This means that HFH will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide.
Leland Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Leland Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
All are welcome
Leland Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.
Leland Habitat for Humanity
- Builds single family detached units in the City of Leland, MS
- Selects partner families with an average annual income of less than $35,000
- Requires 500 hours of "sweat equity" from partner families
- Sells homes to partner families at a cost of about $42,000 and offers no interest, 20 year mortgages to assist the families in purchasing their homes
- Is led by a thirteen member board of directors and volunteer committees
- Has located property and raised money to build 32 houses in Leland
- Has tithed 10% of all non-obligated cash contributions to Habitat International for the purpose of building homes in Central America, providing many homes for families
- Participated in "The Houses the Senate Built"; Leland HFH was sponsored by Senator That Cochran of Mississippi; one of two blitz houses built in through a "House the Senate Built"
- Received a financial gift from Any and Muffy Hammond in memory of Andy's mother, Martha Hammond, and have purchased enough property to build 12 houses
- Has built affordable housing for 140 adults and children in Leland
- Participating in ACBHHH, Aluminum Cans Build Habitat for Humanity Houses
- Is looking for tools, crews, sponsors, and volunteers for continued construction of Habitat houses
- Was selected and built an "Oprah House"--one of four in Mississippi
- Working to eliminate substandard and poverty housing in Leland, Mississippi
- Hosted volunteer work teams (both college students and Care-A-Vanners) from Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Arkansas, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Texas, Georgia, and many other locations
- Completed House #31 with a dedication ceremony in March 2014
- Completed Houses #32 and #33