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Tuesday Truths

Posted: 2009-04-21 00:00:00

North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity feels blessed to be part of an amazing network of Habitat affiliates within Habitat International. With the recognition of this wonderful brand name, however, sometimes come a set of false assumptions. Habitat hopes to counter these false ideas in a series of "Myths and Truths" published each Tuesday.

MYTH: Habitat houses allow people to move from poverty to fancy new houses.

TRUTH: Any newly built house is going to be a dramatic change for a family that has been living in a shack, hut or rundown apartment. But Habitat houses are not extravagant by any standard. Habitat’s philosophy is to build simple, decent houses. Under house design criteria approved by Habitat for Humanity International’s board of directors, lining space in a three bedroom house, for example, is not to exceed 1100 square feet. The average cost in the United States of a three bedroom habitat house is approximately $62,000.