Habitat’s building program benefits the local community in several ways. Building new houses and turning them over to partner/owners converts non-productive land into taxable properties. In providing affordable homes to low-income working families, Habitat helps to reduce the pool of substandard housing in the community. By involving hundreds of volunteers in its housing ministry, Habitat stimulates the spirit of hope for the community and offers proof that cooperative work can lead to tangible results. And, perhaps most importantly, Habitat provides a fresh start for partner/owners families by empowering them with the independence and self-respect that come from owning one’s own home.