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Master of Science (MS)




This paper will evaluate how the Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity chapter is fulfilling the Habitat for Humanity International' s mission statement. The international mission statement is: Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with God and people everywhere, from all walks of life, to develop communities with people in need by building and renovating houses so that there are decent houses in decent communities in which every person can experience God's love and can live and grow into all that God intends (Habitat for Humanity, 2008). On the local level, the Brookings area Habitat for Humanity's mission statement is: to form partnerships, which empower individuals, families, and our community to build affordable family homes together (Homeownership). With these two mission statements in mind, this project will attempt to complete the following two objectives: a.) An evaluation of the economic impact that Habitat has had on the Brookings community. b.) An inquiry into the social observations partner families have experienced since becoming Habitat homeowners. By determining the level of economic impact the Brookings area Habitat for Humanity has had on the community, the individual Habitat chapter will be better able to quantify the level of attainment it has achieved while working towards Habitat for Humanity International's goal of erasing substandard housing from the world map. The purpose of this objective is to give the organization a percentage of the population they are affecting and perhaps identify areas that they can capitalize on and improve their own ability to meet their mission. The personal mission of the Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity is to develop partnerships and to empower people. This goal is not necessarily an economic issue in its entirety and warrants an examination of its own. It is difficult to quantify the social experiences each partner family has observed since becoming Habitat homeowners. There is not any one dollar figure that can be placed on a sense of well-being and security. That value will vary per individual, but is no less important than a measurable economic impact on the community. Therefore, there becomes a need to research the two separate objectives and different research methods will be employed to evaluate the individual objectives. By doing so, a more comprehensive evaluation of the Brookings area Habitat for Humanity performance can be obtained.



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South Dakota State University


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