“Housing is absolutely essential to human flourishing. Without stable shelter, it all falls apart.” That’s a quote from Matthew Desmond, a nationally known American sociologist. With that idea firmly in mind, the Paducah-McCracken County Habitat for Humanity is hosting a Hoops for Homes, 3 on 3 basketball tournament. This fun charity event is raising money to build affordable homes for the community. iLove It when I can play hoops to help build homes!
What does that mean for folks in western Kentucky? Well, the standard is based on housing that costs roughly 30%, or less, of a family's income. Because of rising housing costs and stagnant wages, slightly more than half of all families who rent in the U.S. spend more than 50% of their income on housing costs, and at least one in four spends more than 70%.
They have little control over their neighborhoods and are often displaced when the property falls into disrepair or the rent increases beyond their means.
The board members and volunteers at Paducah-McCracken County Habitat for Humanity believe that to address poverty in our community they must address affordable housing. They are on a mission to build homes that strengthens families and communities.
A habitat house is simple, decent, and affordable. It is small, low maintenance, and energy efficient. There are no frills - no basement, no garage. Habitat raises the money for each home they build before they build it – and that’s where you come in
Paducah-McCracken County Habitat for Humanity is holding a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, Hoops For Homes, at the Heartland Worship Center gym in Paducah. Get ready to play hard and win big on February 24. Starting at 9am, the tournament will take place throughout the day.
Teams of four can register, including three players and one alternate, for $200 per team. Just visit Paducahhoopsforhomes.com or call the Habitat office directly. It’s going to be a fun day of friendly competition for a good cause.
Please note that all teams must bring both a white, and a dark color shirt so the tournament officials can tell you apart. Cash prizes and plaques will be given out to the top three teams.
“Paducah Habitat has built over 75 homes so far,” said David Tindell, vice president at Paducah-McCracken County Habitat For Humanity. “We are holding a series of fundraising events over the next few months so that we can start another build in April 2018. This will be my first build with habitat and it’s a really exciting time for the organization.”
Planned events include a St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl and a Throwin’ For Homes, disc golf tournament in July. These fundraising events are all new ventures to Paducah Habitat.
Tindell said that Paducah Habitat is actively looking for a suitable building to house their office and reopen a Re-Store. A Re-Store is a retail outlet where homeowners or home builders who are renovating, or have excess items, can bring them. The donated items are then sold at a fraction of the cost a similar new one. This helps to raise funds which support the organization and build more affordable homes.
“The Re-Store will accept anything from kitchen cabinets to a Jacuzzi!” explained Tindell. It’s a wonderful resource for the community and helps save homeowners money. We are actively looking to find a space for our Re-Store - preferably one that is donated to Habitat.
For more information, contact David Tindell at 270.444.2060 or 270.243.2257 or email at email@example.com.
In western Kentucky nearly 1 in 5 people live below the poverty level (18.6%), almost four percentage points more than the national average. But that’s not counting those who are above the federal definition of poverty, ($18,769 for a single mom with two kids,) but below the living wage, which would be $43,430 for that same family group in McCracken County.
This lower income level results in lower home ownership levels and owning your own home has been proven to be possibly the most successful way to climb out of poverty, and increase family stability.
Paducah-McCracken County Habitat for Humanity builds homes that strengthens families and communities. A habitat house is simple, decent, and affordable. It is small, low maintenance, and energy efficient. There are no frills—no basement, no garage.
They build simple, decent, affordable energy-efficient homes in partnership with qualifying low-income families.
Paducah habitat plans to build this April and they need volunteers skilled in such tasks as rough framing, roofing, electrical, plumbing, painting, vinyl siding, and finish carpentry.
They also need unskilled volunteers who are willing to learn. Even if you have never held a hammer in your hand, or don't know the difference between a Phillips screwdriver and a flat head, they can teach you!
There are no male or female jobs with Habitat. There is plenty of work for everyone, including those with limited physical strength, those who are uncomfortable with heights and those who can only contribute a few hours out of their busy schedule.
We invite you to be part of the solution to help families in our area acquire stable housing through home ownership. Visit paducahhabitat.com for more information.