Welcome to Liverpool Habitat For Humanity
Welcome to Liverpool Habitat for Humanity. We are a social housing charity building 32 low cost homes in the Granby-Toxteth district of Liverpool.
What makes us unique is that our homes are built mostly by volunteers including the future home owners themselves.
Our home partners spend at least 500 hours helping on site – known as 'sweat equity' – or with administrative tasks. This entitles them to a 10% reduction in the cost of their new home.
The homes are being constructed on just over two acres of land that was generously donated to us by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese. The project has previously received significant funding from NewHeartlands, the Housing Market Renewal Initiative (HMRI) on Merseyside. With nine homes already completed, a partnership with national care and housing provider The Sanctuary Group is providing essential funding to help us develop the remaining 23 LHFH houses.
Liverpool Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of global charity Habitat for Humanity International which, thanks to the support of donors, volunteers and partners, has now served over two million people (more than 400,000 families) worldwide and operates in over 90 countries.
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LHFH has a comprehensive procedure for selecting families. They must have a strong connection with Liverpool (eg. live and /or work in the city), be willing to partner with LHFH to put 500 hours of "sweat equity" into building on the project and have sufficient income to secure a mortgage for their purchase. Applicants who live, work or have a strong connection with the Liverpool 8 postcode area will be preferred. Apply here:
We rely on volunteer labour and donations of money, materials and gifts in kind to keep construction costs down. Our volunteers include students, individuals, community and faith groups, as well as corporate team builds. Find out more about volunteering here. Apply here Getting Invloved
DOUBLE AWARD WIN FOR LIVERPOOL HOUSING CHARITY
A HOUSING charity which allows people to help build the homes they will subsequently own is celebrating two award wins on the same night.
Liverpool Habitat for Humanity's Granby-Toxteth project, co-funded by leading housing and care provider Sanctuary Group, won Best Community Initiative at the national Housebuilder Awards in London, whilst simultaneously collecting a special award as the Judges' Favourite Project at the Your Move Property Awards in Liverpool.
At the Housebuilder Awards, organised by Housebuilder magazine in association with the HBF (Home Builders Federation) and NHBC (National House Building Council), the charity's scheme of 32 homes was said to be the perfect example of diverse communities and nationalities working together.
In a category that looked for community engagement, evidence of listening, increasing awareness of the benefits of new build homes and involvement in the development process as a whole, they beat off stiff competition from much larger organisations including Barker Mill Estates, Crest Nicholson and Linden Homes.
In choosing LHFH for the award, the Housebuilder judges said: "The finalists showed community work that went beyond that normally demanded by residential schemes, and they understood that localism and community work was an investment to be made every day, not just when developers need to win hearts and minds to get schemes approved. The winner, Liverpool Habitat for Humanity, was the best of these."
The homes are being built on land off Kingsley Road, which was donated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese. With nine homes already complete, Liverpool HFH is working in partnership with Sanctuary Group to deliver the remainder of the
site. Eleven of the remaining 23 homes are under construction and home partners are currently completing their 500 hours of 'sweat equity', which counts as a £10,000 contribution towards the cost of their home.
The charity has also had support from Liverpool City Council, the Territorial Army 75 Engineers regiment, who have built a road and dug drains, and building products manufacturer Wienerberger, who have donated a substantial amount of materials and paid for representatives of the charity to attend the London awards ceremony.
Rev Dr Shannon Ledbetter, founder and chair, was in London with executive director Liza Parry to collect the Housebuilder award.
Shannon said: "This is an amazing achievement and recognises the commitment, enthusiasm and hard work of so many people to make this unique project the success it is – our staff, our trustees, our partners, our supporters, our volunteers and, most importantly, our home owners themselves."
In Liverpool, trustees Jim Gill and Linda Bright were joined by Kate Reynolds, group head of communication and engagement for the Sanctuary Group, to collect the Judges' Favourite Project award.
Judge and host of the annual ceremony, Lesley Martin-Wright, said: "Habitat for Humanity developed a scheme set apart from any other by providing a totally innovative way to provide affordable homes within an existing community."
Fellow esteemed judge Eric Wright, from Hitchcock Wright and Partners, presented the special award during the 10th Your Move Property Awards, which took place in Lutyens Crypt at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
At the Your Move ceremony, Habitat for Humanity's Kingsley Road project was also shortlisted for the Best Affordable Home award, sponsored by Reeds Rains, a category won by Riverside Home Ownership for their Bromborough Pool Village project.
Liverpool HFH relies on volunteer labour and donations of money, materials and gifts in kind to keep the cost of its homes down. After completing their 500 hours either working on site or providing administrative support, home owners purchase the properties on a shared ownership basis. Any residual equity not bought by them will be held by Sanctuary Group.
Anjum Anwar – Dialogue Development Officer at Blackburn Cathedral and LHFH Chair, Rev’d Canon Shannon Ledbetter welcomes a new home partner, George Anyakwo.
Anjum Anwar is hard at work, building a house with team member John Law from LHFH.
“Last week I was honoured to visit Habitat for Humanity in Liverpool, and spent the day listening to how people can help to build their own “castle” It is a wonderful project. I am hoping to have a group of woman from Blackburn spend a day or so helping out. Building your own place also has a faith perspective too. For Muslims our Prophet (saw) built his own mosque/house, and for me as a Muslim woman, that is good enough for me!”
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