Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Charlottesville Region is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “create simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with low income families and the communities of Greater Charlottesville.” Since the early 1990s Habitat has helped more than 140 local, low-income families build and purchase homes and has several new subdivision projects in the acquisition, planning and development stages.  This study examines the characteristics of Habitat and its economic and social effects. These effects include its contribution to the local economy, effects on local property values, impacts on the wellbeing of partner families, and other community fiscal, environmental and social benefits.

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Terance J. Rephann