Follow JC Twitter Facebook
Email JC Email
Residential Real Estate
Jun 7, 2019

What is the Difference Between WARM & Habitat for Humanity?

Sponsored Content provided by JC Lyle - Executive Director, Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry

This Insights article is co-authored by Steve Spain, Executive Director of Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity.
 
Sometimes, when people hear about WARM’s mission, they immediately compare us to the more well-known international housing nonprofit, Habitat for Humanity (HFH). The similarities are clear; we both assist low-income families and individuals with housing issues and rely heavily on donations and volunteers. However, our missions, clients, and roles in hurricane recovery are very different.
 
Mission
In simplest terms, HFH’s mission is to provide opportunities for families to purchase homes while WARM’s mission is to keep homeowners in their homes by making urgent repairs.
 
HFH fulfills its mission by raising funds and coordinating volunteers to offset the cost of land and construction, then offering an affordable loan and financial counseling to give the family a good start at homeownership. Cape Fear HFH has served more than 200 families since its founding in 1987.
 
By comparison, WARM does smaller jobs for more families. We fulfill our mission by raising funds and coordinating volunteers to complete home repairs, rebuilding, and accessibility upgrades. Helping keep a family in their home can cost $2-3,000 for After Hurricane Florence, volunteers begin a roof replacement for one of the most extensive WARM rebuilds everaccessibility and safety upgrades to over $30,000 for rehabilitation of essential functions. WARM was founded in 1996 and just last month began our 1300th rebuild.
 
Clients
Both organizations have strict qualifications that ensure we reach those who demonstrate a true need and are capable of long-term homeownership.
 
HFH’s future homeowners must:

  1. earn 30-80% of the area’s median income (AMI) to afford the mortgage
  2. reside or work for at least one year prior to application in one of the counties they serve (Duplin, New Hanover, and Pender) and be legal residents of the US
  3. currently live in unaffordable, subsidized, or substandard housing, or experience homelessness
  4. be unable to qualify for a conventional mortgage
  5. partner through “sweat equity” and homeowner education
 
WARM’s homeowners must:
  1. earn 10-50% of AMI; special grant-funded programs may have their own limits
  2. own and occupy the home for three years or more; they must have built up equity in the home (most have lived in their homes for decades and have paid off their mortgages)
  3. reside in one of the counties we serve (Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender)
  4. need legitimate safety/health repairs, accessibility upgrades, and/or storm recovery
  5. participate through writing thank-you notes, recruiting volunteers, or helping with repairs physically or financially
 
Hurricane Recovery
Both organizations’ boards of directors have decided to go where our community needs us the most. Right now, that means helping the community recover from Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. We help families directly and provide leadership in county specific Long-Term Disaster Recovery Groups, made up of other nonprofits, churches, and government entities.
 
CFHFH began its hurricane response efforts by working with the Baptists on Mission to “muck & gut” flooded homes immediately after Hurricane Florence. Since then, they have adapted their program and qualifications to meet the demands for new homeownership among those who lost their housing in Florence. They have also started a hurricane recovery rebuild program with the same income limits, 30-80% of AMI, with a maximum amount of $35,000 per home. Partnerships with homeowners include financing agreements, sweat equity, and commitment to purchase appropriate insurance against future damage.
 
WARM was founded after Hurricane Fran. Immediately following Hurricane Matthew, our board decided to commit resources to disaster recovery. Since Hurricane Florence, we have added staff to accommodate the increase in applications, funding, and volunteers. Income limits remain 10-50% and are free or require a forgivable loan. If homeowners have received a FEMA home repair award or homeowner’s insurance proceeds, those funds must be used for rebuilding. While addressing hurricane damage, WARM makes pre-storm repairs to ensure the home is safe for years to come.
 
Rebuild Together
Our similarities point us toward a common goal: to help our region recover from Florence. Our differences help us address the needs of hundreds of unique individuals and families, ensuring no one gets left behind.

JC Lyle has served as WARM’s Executive Director since January 2009. Under her leadership, WARM's annual revenue and productivity have more than quadrupled. Prior to working in the nonprofit sector, Lyle worked at McKim & Creed on subdivision design, rezoning and permitting throughout coastal North Carolina. Lyle earned her Master of Business Administration from UNCW's Cameron School of Business and has presented workshops on affordable housing issues and nonprofit management at state-level conferences. Lyle serves on the Planning Commission for the City of Wilmington and the North Carolina Housing Partnership, the board that oversees the state's housing trust fund. In 2012, Lyle was named Wilma Magazine's first Woman to Watch in the Nonprofit Category. In 2014, she accepted WARM's Coastal Entrepreneur Award in the Nonprofit Category, given by the Greater Wilmington Business Journal and UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In 2018, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Cape Fear Chapter named her Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year.

Insightsgraphic
Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Chheadshot

Overcoming the Opioid Overdose Crisis

Dallas headshot 300x300

Protecting What You Care About: Business, Family, & Employees

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors
Alyce 4 april242017

Investors with A Cause Can Put their Money Where their Hearts Are

Alyce Phillips - Old North State Trust LLC

Trending News

Entrepreneur Richard Johnson's Latest Project Aims To Boost Burgaw

Johanna Cano - Jun 14, 2019

New Hanover Regional Grows To A $1.2B Operation

Vicky Janowski - Jun 14, 2019

Plastics Molding Manufacturer Gets Its Start In Wilmington

Christina Haley O'Neal - Jun 14, 2019

Field Of Vision

Jenny Callison - Jun 14, 2019

In The Current Issue

Looking At NC's Film Industry Future

Recent events may or may not mean a clearer future for the film industry in North Carolina. Its grant funding is part of current state budge...


Building Efforts To Attract Workers

With demand running high for construction industry workers, officials with area training programs and companies are looking for ways to attr...


Novant Health Orthopedics & Spine Opens In Supply

Novant Health has opened an orthopedics and spine office in Supply, providing degenerative spine condition services, orthopedic spine surger...

Book On Business

The 2019 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

2019 WilmingtonBiz Expo Keynote Lunch - CEO, nCino, Pierre Naude`
Transporting the Future - Power Breakfast 3.12.2019
Health Care Heroes 2018