2021 has been a year of transition, reflection, and progress for Columbia County Habitat for Humanity.
In March, Brenda Adams retired after 13 years as Executive Director. Her legacy will include how our Habitat operation grew to provide over 20 safe, secure, and affordable houses for families to call their own.
Our new Executive Director, Al Bellenchia, has brought a fresh perspective, new skills and experiences, and a desire to expand our impact in our community. During his first months, he has added to staff, streamlined and updated operations and helped move us past the lingering effects of Covid-19 and into a more active future.
We are moving forward in many ways:
Affordable housing is essential to building vibrant communities. It is proven that:
If safe, affordable housing is scarce or unattainable, the businesses and institutions that serve our community cannot attract or retain employees.
In an increasingly service-based economy, a lack of housing creates a cycle of economic distress. We are seeing that happen here, impacting local organizations large and small, in education, manufacturing, service, healthcare, non-profit sectors and other critical industries.
For many families, house prices, building costs and taxes have consistently increased, while incomes and access to credit have languished or declined. This has created an increasing gap between the cost of owning and maintaining a home and what is considered affordable.
Columbia County Habitat is committed to doing more to help solve this growing crisis, and is seeking partners to create the change we need. “If you want to go fast, you go alone. But if you want to go far, you go together.”
Thank you for your generous past support. Your gift to Habitat is so critical at this time. Together, we can create more affordable homeownership opportunities.
There are many ways to give to our Winter Appeal, including here on our website. Our community’s future is increasingly at stake.
Wishing you and yours happy holidays and a healthy and prosperous New Year,