Syracuse First Habitat

SyracuseFirst is a not for profit network of locally owned, independent businesses and organizations dedicated to building a sustainable community by encouraging citizens to "Think Local First". Founded in 2009, our mission is to create a thriving local economy by maximizing the potential of streamate local businesses, and transferring market share from non-locally owned businesses to local independently owned businesses. We do this by educating citizens about the economic and social advantages that independent and local businesses bring to a community.

Syracuse Habitat for Humanity fosters leadership, education and economic self-sufficiency in our homeowners. This is particularly true for women and girls. Our homeowners are made up of 97% minorities, 80% of homeowners are single mothers and 90% of our homeowner applicants are women. We do not target single mothers; however, more low-income, minority single mothers apply and qualify for our homes in Onondaga County than any other live private group.

Our homeowners must complete a required training course sponsored by Home Headquarters on the following topics: home ownership, maintenance and continued home care. Also required are 300 "sweat equity hours" which allow hands-on training on home repair and maintenance. Furthermore, because of their home ownership, several of our female homeowners advanced their academic education.