Our Origins/Community Impact

In 1997, HOW started up by applying for funding for owner-occupied home rehabilitation with local community support. Communities including Warsaw, Winona Lake, Pierceton, Claypool, Mentone, Syracuse and Kosciusko County provided match dollars that enabled us to apply for these grants. Once we became an operational organization, low-to-moderate income homeowners were able to come to us for home-repair assistance through these OOR grants.

HOW writes rehab specifications for the work we do and hires local contractors to perform the work. Every dollar spent assists a family in the community and goes back into our local economy, giving steady work to local contractors and their sub-contractors.

To date, HOW has administered about $6.3 million in OOR and Housing Preservation grants.

At Housing Opportunities of Warsaw, we do more than just quick emergency fixes. We're invested in the lives of those who come to us for help; we stick with them as they gain self-sufficiency.

Homeowner Impact

Mentoring is our greatest gift to those we serve. We provide a solution to our homeowners’ immediate needs and repairs, but we don’t stop there; we follow up with them for years after their home repair is complete to ensure they are spending less than 40% of their income on housing costs.At Housing Opportunities of Warsaw, mentorship is the greatet gift we provide.If a family spends more than 40% on housing, they cannot afford “life happens” moments – car repairs, unexpected costs while raising children, medical expenses, higher insurance premiums, etc. We all have these expenses; they’re an inevitable part of life.

Trouble starts when families have to start choosing which bills they can afford to pay. When a crisis occurs, less money is needed to survive if homeowners were able to be proactive instead of reactive. A little preparation goes a long way when it comes to housing.

HOW is constantly changing as we learn more about the housing needs in Kosciusko County. We have a fundraiser every 2-3 years, and we’ve established an endowment fund through the Kosciusko County Community Foundation to continue developing funds for the benefit of our local homeowners. Learn more about how you can be a part of our mission here.


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