Fuller Center houses are simple, decent, safe and affordable for the family and volunteer-friendly during construction.
Our homes are not giveaways and are intended to help homeowners lift themselves out of poverty and create a safer, more stable future for their families.
Partner families are chosen by Fuller Center of Webster after application is completed and evaluated for need and ability to pay. Homeowners must be unable to obtain a conventional home loan or mortgage before we consider their application.
They are required to put in about 500 hours of sweat equity toward a new home (some of which can be done by family members) including volunteering on their home, other Fuller Center projects and administrative tasks, attending mandatory home-ownership and credit counseling classes.
Fuller Center houses are generally between 1,100 square feet and 1,400 square feet and are either three-bedroom/two-bath or four-bedroom/two bath homes. Guidelines are included for persons with disabilities to ensure that Fuller Center houses are accessible.
We allow homeowners to have some choice in their interior finishes. However, Fuller Center of Webster does not build custom homes.
The Fuller Center of Webster, whenever possible, installs energy-efficient appliances and use energy-efficient building practices that will help reduce living costs for partner families.
Because The Fuller Center of Webster seeks to build communities, not just houses, care is taken to assure that the houses are attractive and – to the extent they remain affordable – distinctive. These things are done creatively, for example, by choosing welcoming paint colors and making shutters out of leftover wood.
Houses are built mostly by volunteer labor led by experienced house captains except for when professionals, such as plumbers and electricians, are required to meet local building codes and ensure the safety of the house.
Fuller Center of Webster is responsible for coming up with house plans, selecting families and raising funds to build homes.
New Home Construction
This is a sample floor plan of a typical home built by Fuller Center of Webster