• Birthday Bash Monster Mash
  • Open Doors to Rebuild Communities
  • World Habitat Day - October 6th
Monster Mash Birthday Bash

Join us for this fun family event at our ReStore!  We will have games, prizes, a costume contest, the scariest pet contest, a petting zoo, face painting, fall crafts, music, food and scary deals! Check back soon for our schedule of events.                Happy Birthday ReStore!

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Calling All Artists – or Artist Wanna-Bes…

We are looking for help decorating our store!!  We have loads and loads of doors that we would like fellow community members to paint or design.  Return your door to the ReStore and we will hang it on our walls throughout the store.  There is no cost to participate.  We hope to completely cover our interior walls with colorful doors and add to the shopping experience for our shoppers.

Stop by during store hours and pick up your door!  The ReStore is at 2060 Couch Drive, McKinney and is open from 9am to 6pm Tuesday thru Saturday

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October 6th is
World Habitat Day when we will join together with affiliates worldwide to recognize the impact of our international organization.  Let us know what Habitat for Humanity has meant to you!  Everywhere we go, we see that most people have a Habitat story, a time in their life that they were a part of this international organization.  Share your story and join us on Facebook October 6th at Habitat for Humanity - North Collin County.  It takes all of us to Build Hope!

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World Habitat Day at Jimmy Carter Work Project

2014 World Habitat Day

World Habitat Day 2014 key housing facts

World Habitat Day

  • On World Habitat Day, the first Monday of October, Habitat for Humanity joins the United Nations and organizations around the world in raising awareness, educating and mobilizing individuals and communities to take action on the current global housing crisis.
  • Housing is central to ending the cycle of poverty. We want to see a world where everyone has a decent place to live, and so, on World Habitat Day, we call for programs, policies and systems that would make that world possible.

Global need

  • Today, 1.6 billion people live in inadequate shelter around the world; 1 billion of those live in informal settlements. More than 100 million people worldwide are homeless.
  • About one in four people live in conditions that harm their health, safety, prosperity and opportunities.
  • By 2030, UN-HABITAT estimates an additional 3 billion people, about 40 percent of the world’s population, will need access to housing. This translates into a demand for 96,150 new affordable units every day and 4,000 every hour.
  • By 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population is projected to be living in urban areas, causing slums and unplanned settlements to swell.
  • Estimates of homelessness in the United States vary from 1.6 million to 3 million people. Most studies conclude that about one-third of the homeless are children.

The impact of adequate housing

  • Adequate shelter is a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty.
  • Adequate housing is vitally important to the health of the world’s economies, communities and populations.
  • Homeownership is a form of wealth accumulation through equity and forced savings from mortgage repayment.
  • Good housing attracts economic investment and development.
  • Decent shelter contributes to thriving school systems, community organizations and civic activism.
  • Safe homes and neighborhoods help to build social stability and security.

Policy needs and access to land

  • To succeed in eliminating poverty housing around the world in our lifetime, we must promote smart policies that advance access to adequate, affordable housing.
  • Lack of access to land is often at the heart of poverty housing; to build a shelter and make it a home, a family needs to know they have rights and won’t be evicted.
  • Access to land — meaning the laws about who owns and has rights to land — is one of the top priorities for the Habitat network. Removing current barriers to access would benefit millions of people around the world. Improvements would include greater gender equality, increased disaster resilience and decreased slum conditions.
  • Improving access to land can increase economic growth, address inequalities and reduce poverty.

Habitat for Humanity’s response

  • Every four minutes, Habitat serves a family in need of better housing.
  • Habitat has helped more than 4 million people since our founding in 1976.
  • Habitat works in about 1,500 communities in the United States, and in more than 70 countries worldwide, from Argentina to Zambia.
  • About 1 million volunteers work with Habitat every year worldwide.
  • In 2013, Habitat’s U.S. affiliates tithed $12.9 million of their own funds to international programs, benefiting families in more than 50 countries.

 

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