Millions of Americans own their own homes, yet lack the funds or physical ability to keep them in a state of minimum repair. In the United States, nearly two million homeowners have a hole in their roof. Almost three million are missing bricks, siding or other outside wall material. Two and a half million homes have a crumbling foundation and close to four million occupied homes have broken windows (2005 American Housing Survey).
Through the Greater Blessing repair program, homeowners in need can apply to a Fuller Center covenant partner to have their homes restored to a simple, decent living condition. Once repairs are complete, The Fuller Center works with each homeowner to help them structure an affordable repayment plan. All of this is done without charging interest, without the use of a mortgage and without requiring the title to the property as collateral.
Jesus taught that it is more blessed to give than to receive. The Greater Blessing ministry is based on this teaching. Homeowners are "paying it forward," because their payments enter a fund used exclusively for other Greater Blessing repair projects. Many people don’t feel comfortable being a charity case. Our founder, Millard Fuller, believed that providing opportunities to work in partnership enhances human dignity, which is why these home repairs are not given away.
Through the devoted and hard-working volunteers, sponsors and donations, the Fuller Center For Housing, Inc. has a world-wide goal to help others who are in need of housing improvements and help.
Because The Fuller Center seeks to build communities, not just houses, care is taken to assure that the houses are attractive and - to the extent they remain affordable - distinctive. These things are done creatively, for example, by choosing welcoming paint colors and making shutters out of leftover wood.
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The Fuller Center for Housing is currently exploring the possibility of helping covenant partners fulfill their housing needs by obtaining and revitalizing the surplus of foreclosures. The program is still under review so as to ensure that it remains in line with our policies of using and receiving government funds.