Since 1990 a quiet revolution has been occurring in Boyle County, a revolution that has radically changed the lives of over 50 residents. It has not been brought about through debate, politicking or sign carrying. This revolution has been launched with hammers, nails and humility.
Census data from 2000 indicates there are 3,250 renter-occupied units in Boyle County. What is not tracked or measured is the number of these units that provide inadequate shelter. Many renters endure unsafe heating and electrical service, faulty plumbing, overcrowded living conditions, and often feel they have no alternative. The small but dedicated group of community volunteers that comprises Boyle County Habitat For Humanity is answering the needs of this population. We do this by partnering with families in need; building houses with them, not for them; turning renters of low-grade apartments into owners of high-quality homes. When the house currently being completed in Perryville is dedicated later this month Habitat will have built 21 houses in Boyle County, well over $1.2 million in real estate, without a single paid member on staff.