Apr. 6, 2019

For many people across the U.S., access to an affordable home remains out of reach, creating barriers to affording basic necessities such as food, education or medical care. In Jackson County, Missouri, 15.9% of residents are living below the poverty level higher than the statewide average of 14.6% in Missouri. The homeownership rate in the county is 58.7% well below the statewide rate of 66.9%.

To address this critical need locally and across the country, Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity is joining Home is the Key, a national campaign by Habitat for Humanity International that spotlights the need for affordable housing and aims to raise funds to drive lasting change in the United States.

During the month of April, people can visit our ReStores in Independence and Blue Springs Missouri to contribute towards Home is the Key campaign by shopping, donating or volunteering.

“We have seen firsthand how an affordable home can play a key role in helping families and individuals thrive,” said Carla Simpson, Development Director for Truman Habitat. “We invite our community to show their support by donating, volunteering or advocating with us throughout April on a home build or in one of our ReStores, so we can partner with more homeowners and build strong futures together.”

Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity (THHFH) is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in serving families all across Eastern Jackson County. Truman Habitat has grown exponentially over the past six years, expanding its model from only new construction to the addition of the rehabilitation of vacant homes, as well as minor and critical home repairs and weatherization, known as Home Preservation Program (HPP). In 2013, Truman Habitat opened its first ReStore, supplying homeowners with affordable building materials and home furnishings and with its success, opened a second store two years later (2014). In 2015, Truman Habitat expanded financial literacy services, implementing the Home Ownership Preparation and Education (HOPE) program to providing financial coaching and homeownership education along with life skills and nutrition programs. THHFH, in partnership with the Independence School District Construction Academy and Kansas City Youth Build, provides construction workforce training with instruction and hands-on experience on Habitat home construction.

To learn how to get involved with Truman Habitat, www.trumanhabitat.org

For more information about Home is the Key, visit habitat.org/homeisthekey.

Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit ecumenical Christian ministry that helps families in Eastern Jackson County, Missouri by providing simple, decent affordable housing through joint efforts between Habitat partner families, volunteers, sponsors, community organizations, and business and government leaders. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers, and pay for the home through a zero interest mortgage. Housing affordability allows Habitat homeowners to save more, invest in education and well-being, and to improve financial stability. Habitat partners build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. To learn how to get involved with Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity, visit http://www.trumanhabitat.org/.