KCCF Invests in Affordable Housing – Partnering with Habitat for Humanity

Kosciusko County Community Foundation recently approved a grant of $91,200 to Habitat for Humanity of Kosciusko County to provide seed money for four additional homes to be built over the next two years.

Additionally, the Community Foundation is using planning grant dollars from Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow community foundation initiative, Phase VIII (GIFT VIII) to hire two consultants. The first consultant will help the Community Foundation better understand the overall housing needs of low-income individuals in our community. The second consultant will work directly with Habitat for Humanity of Kosciusko County to help them assess their operational capacity as they plan strategically for growth in the areas of homeownership, homeownership education, and auxiliary services to meet the housing needs of low-income individuals in our community.

The Community Foundation plans to widely share the results of the consultant’s work by late summer 2024 with elected officials, organizations that provide services to low-income residents, and affordable housing organizations.

“Research tells us that homeownership provides stability, builds financial assets, and helps create a sense of belonging and engagement in a community. But these benefits are often out of reach for low-income individuals and families,” said Community Foundation CEO, Stephanie Overbey. “We are hopeful that our investments in affordable housing will help more Kosciusko County families obtain safe, affordable housing where they can plant deep roots in our community and thrive.”