Habitat For Humanity

Produced by: 
Habitat For Humanity: West Philadelphia & Scribe Video Center
14 min

"This is not just some do-gooder project," asserts a Habitat for Humanity: West Philadelphia staffer at a meeting for local residents eager to learn about how they can become a homeowner through the program. He's right, as this video shows how much work future homeowners, some who ruefully describe themselves as members of "the working poor," must do before they receive keys to their newly built home. Homeowners like director Deborah Williams, Tanya Clark, Becky Crawford, Ben Hardee and other determined West Philadelphia residents describe the hundreds of hours of sweat equity and mental toughness they endured along the road to homeownership. These and other residents, in collaboration with Habitat For Humanity, have managed to restore a whole block in the Cathedral Park neighborhood of West Philadelphia.

Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia builds and rehabilitates houses and neighborhoods by providing simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with families in need. In March 2003, Habitat Philadelphia formed through the merger of four independent city affiliates, including the West Philadelphia branch of Habitat for Humanity, which co-produced this video. Before the merger, those affiliates had completed a total of 106 houses in a little over 15 years.

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

February 13, 1998 - Part of Five on the Black Hand Side Scribe Video Center Retrospective at Painted Bride Art Center (Philadelphia, PA)

August 4, 1998 - Part of Street Movies screening at 18th District Town Watch (Philadelphia, PA)