So many of our Cincinnati Habitat supporters have been calling and emailing us asking how they can assist us in Habitat for Humanity International’s efforts in the Gulf Coast region following the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. Cincinnati Habitat has been determining the most effective way for our local Habitat “family” to contribute to the overwhelming task of rebuilding these areas affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Since Habitat for Humanity is not a “first response” organization, we do not help in the “relief” phase of a disaster. Our efforts must be focused in the “recovery” phase, providing long-term solutions for low-income families.

Therefore, Cincinnati Habitat has decided that the most effective contribution we could make as an affiliate would be to partner directly with one or more of the 17 Habitat affiliates that have been impacted by the hurricane in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. At this time we are awaiting the response of Habitat International to direct us to the affiliate most in need of our assistance.

As you have seen on the news, the “relief” phase could last indefinitely, and it could be awhile before these affiliates are in a position to welcome volunteers from across the country and begin the physical building of new homes to serve the many families displaced by Katrina.

In an effort to serve more families more quickly, Habitat International has launched Operation Home Delivery, which will allow parts of homes to be “pre-built” and then shipped to affected areas for faster set-up once permanent rebuilding becomes possible. The cost to sponsor a home is $75,000.

If you would like to join the local Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity family as we extend a hand-up to our sister Habitat affiliates, please consider making a donation today. Together, our local Habitat family can do our part to renew the dream of building families, homes and communities for God’s people in need.

Donations can be made via check or credit card:

  • Checks should be made payable to Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity.   Be sure to note on your check that the donation is intended for the Hurricane Recovery Effort.  If desired, you can download a gift form, fill it out and mail it along with your donation to:   Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity, 201 W. Eighth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
  • Credit Card donations can be made through our website. Please indicate on the form (in the "Occasion" box under Tributes) that this is for the Hurricane Recovery Effort.  Your personal information is secure. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express.