HFHMGC Named A 2012 Clarence E. Jordan Award Recipient

Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast recently received Habitat for Humanity International’s Clarence E. Jordan award for its Home Ownership Incubator program. The award is given by Habitat for Humanity International and recognizes Habitat affiliates’ creativity and innovation in building homes and communities.

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The award presentation was made by at Habitat International’s Global Conference on Tuesday, March 12 in Atlanta, GA. The conference was attended by over 2,200 Habitat affiliates’ staff and Board members. Larry Gluth, HFHI Senior Vice President for US and Canada along with Liz Crossman, Chair of HFHI Board of Directors presented the plaque along with a cash award to Chris Monforton, HFHMGC Chief Executive Officer and Cristal Hunt, HFHMGC Client Services Program Specialist.

The Home Ownership Incubator is a client driven home ownership coaching program designed for buyers that are not mortgage ready or otherwise financially prepared to purchase a home at the time of their application. Prior to implementation of the Home Ownership Incubator program, these clients would have either been denied or enrolled on condition that they become mortgage ready on their own while working toward home purchase. The Home Ownership Incubator program was awarded the Clarence E. Jordan Award because it combines innovation, creativity and core Habitat principles in a way that lets HFHMGC serve more people in more ways while simultaneously improving sustainability of the program by ensuring better prepared homebuyers and borrowers.

“Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast is proud to be named one of Habitat for Humanity’s 2012 Clarence Jordan award winners. We continue to seek innovative ways to serve the community and support Habitat’s mission. We look forward to helping more families in need of decent, affordable housing in 2013,” said Chris Monforton.

The award honors the legacy of Clarence Jordan, the founder of Koinonia Farm, a religious community in southwest Georgia, where the idea for Habitat for Humanity was born. Award recipients are voted on by other Habitat affiliates.

Because of the success of Home Ownership Incubator program, HFHMGC now offers a personal finance education and coaching program called INVEST IN YOURSELF that uses a variety of group education and individual coaching methods to help participants create a brighter financial future for themselves and their families. This program is offered for free to the public and is not restricted to those seeking assistance in home ownership or mortgage readiness preparation. Participants are free to pursue any financial goals or work on any financial challenge they face.

“Homeowners and communities reap the benefits when Habitat affiliates think creatively and seek innovative ways of fulfilling our mission. Whether it is a clever new idea for fund raising and engaging supporters or developing more energy efficient designs, I am inspired by their ingenious ways to respond to the challenges of affordable housing.” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International.