— Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis (HFHGI) has consolidated operations with Habitat for Humanity of Hendricks County (HFHHC).
With the consolidation and expansion of geographic service area, the organizations hope to increase the capacity for Habitat to provide the life-changing opportunity to purchase and own quality, affordable homes for more families.
Since 1987, HFHGI had served Marion County, building more than 400 houses for greater Indianapolis homeowners. The agency also looks forward to building on the 20-year history of Habitat’s presence in Hendricks County.
“On a national level, Habitat affiliates in metropolitan areas have created stronger, more productive operations by consolidating efforts with surrounding affiliates,” Jim Morris, president and CEO of HFHGI, said in a press release. “HFHGI and HFHHC join this trend in order to provide opportunities for quality and affordable homeownership in our greater community.”
Craig Brighton, executive director of the Hendricks County group, added, “This transition is taking place with prospects of greater opportunity to serve more Hendricks County families in need and economize operations so that donated funds go further. We look forward to continuing in the mission of providing affordable housing in Hendricks County with the greater Indianapolis affiliate.”
The hope is that the consolidation will increase economies of scale to allow financial resources to go further, lower overhead and put more dollars into direct service with the ultimate goal of serving more families in need, provide a central fundraising operation that can access and cross-pollinate resources, expand ReStore operations, and reduce sponsor and donor confusion.
The next steps of the consolidation include plans to open a ReStore in Hendricks County in 2013. HFHGI expects to provide homeownership to current qualified homeowners in the program and to begin cultivating new families in need to enter the program in 2014.
HFHGI will continue to use the current office at 360 N. S.R. 267, Avon, as the Hendricks County operations office.