Our yearly fall fundraiser, Cardboard City was a magnificent success! Cardboard City is an annual fundraising event that sheds light on substandard housing and homelessness. Participants raise money prior to the event. Typically, on the night of, teams spend the night constructing a home out of cardboard while participating in games, activities, and discussions about homelessness. This year with the COVID-19 pandemic, adjustments needed to be made to prioritize each individual’s safety and health. Cardboard City over Zoom was no less than a grand event thanks on a large part to our fundraiser coordinator, Audra Logan. While the process of planning and making sure the night ran smoothly was a bit stressful according to Audra, she comments that, “Our E-Board and members really stepped up to the plate and worked really hard fundraising! Habitat never fails to impress me with their witty humor of dad jokes and amazing ability to help others!”
Building Cardboard homes over Zoom and discussing the relevance of homelessness with our members was enlightening. Thousands of people often have to spend the night outside with nothing but cardboard and little shelter. COVID-19 has impacted housing all over the country, just as it has affected everything else. “Very little is known about how they are faring in part because the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development — the main federal agency overseeing homeless programs — has not required its national network of providers to gather information on infections or deaths.” This is why organizations like Habitat are still building today.
Raising money for our affiliate, we’re able to help curb this problem by having all proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut. The evening consisted of playing our collaborate Cardboard City playlist, building cardboard homes, and sharing paper plates awards at the finale! Congratulations to our paper plates winners, Raina for winning most creative house, Haley and Yasmin for winning most enthusiastic, Nicole for winning most resourceful, Emily and Ashley for winning most detailed, Sarah for winning most delicious, and lastly, Kylar and Angelina for winning most resourceful! In total, Habitat raised over $700 this year for our affiliate, and we couldn’t have done it without every one’s hard work and dedication! Thank you to all our members, donors, and supporters for another year of an excellent Cardboard City!
7 Findings of Covid-19’s Impact on Housing
Researched By: Rachel Lamore
Nearly 1/3 of people in the United States can’t afford their needs.
Covid-19 isn’t affecting everyone equally. In June 2020, Black Americans posted the highest unemployment rate of 15.4%, compared to 14.5% for Latinx, 13.8% for Asians and 10.1% for whites.
Families are struggling to make rent both fully and on time.
The number of borrowers who have deferred payments on their home loans have climbed.
Mortgage lenders continue to tighten their standards.
Builders of multifamily homes report construction delays.
The future is uncertain. Follow this link to join Habitat in bringing this to the attention of Congress members. Low-income families and organizations that work hard to serve them need to be prioritized during this pandemic.
demonstrate a need for safe and affordable housing
agree to participate in sweat equity
be able and willing to pay an affordable mortgage
But wait, I thought Habitat was a non-profit. Where do the mortgage payments go?
Good question! The mortgage payments get cycled into the community to build Habitat Homes! This will something like materials or equipment that go into building the next home!
What is sweat equity?
sweat equity (noun): the contribution to a project or enterprise in the form of effort and toil. Sweat equity is the ownership interest, or increase in value, that is created as a direct result of hard work by the owner(s). It is the preferred mode of building equity for cash-strapped entrepreneurs in their start-up ventures, since they may be unable to contribute much financial capital to their enterprise.
What does sweat equity look like?
construction on their homes or the homes of others
cleaning a worksite
working at a ReStore
financial education classes
Habitat homeowners are required to put in a certain number of hours of sweat equity on their house or another house, as well as attend financial education classes to help them sustain their lifestyle. This idea is the foundation of how Habitat works! Cool, huh?
“What the poor need is not charity but capital, not case workers but co-workers.”
– Clarence Jordan, founder of Koinonai Farm, where Habitat for Humanity began
Hey everyone! Welcome and welcome back! As we all know, COVID-19 had changed University policies and safety guidelines for the semester. Here at UConn Habitat, we want all of our amazing members to stay healthy and safe as well.
To accommodate, we are re-launching our website and will be on all of our social media to stay connected! On our home page, you will notice two hyperlinks: one to sign up for our email list, and one to submit photos of any activities you have been a part of with us! We are still getting the hang of all the resources available through this website so don’t be surprised if it looks different next time you log on!
If you have any questions about how this semester will look, or any ideas we could implement this year, feel free to email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we begin another school year, we will be facing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Habitat for Humanity is a volunteer organization that works mainly on home build projects, as well as other services to fundraise for our Eastern CT affiliate.
We will be following both, the University of Connecticut’s COVID-19 guidelines, as well as those set forth by Habitat for Humanity. We will work within our limitations for fundraise for our Habitat affiliate and to raise awareness about homelessness and housing deficiencies across the world.
Follow us on our socials and subscribe to our emails for more updates as the semester goes on!
Our student-run organization works with Eastern Connecticut Habitat for Humanity to educate our community on homelessness and housing deficiencies, as well as volunteering to build with them! We fundraise year-long so that we can donate to the Eastern Connecticut Habitat affiliate at the end of each school year.
Some small fundraisers we have done in the past include Krispy Kreme fundraisers, as well as a Fall Fest, and canning events. We also have two annual fundraisers that raise a large sum for our affiliate! Check out our Cardboard City page as well as our Jail N Bail page.
Habitat for Humanity seeks to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope. Here at UConn, we do the same. While fundraising for Eastern CT Habitat for Humanity, we strive to educate the student body about homelessness and housing deficiencies in our modern world. Together, we volunteer around the state to make a positive impact in the lives of those in need. Join Habitat today to be part of the difference!
To join our Habitat GroupMe, please click the link below!