Building on the past. Building for the future.

The Future Young School Homeownership Center

By building a home for Habitat, you will be building homes, community and hope for generations to come.

In harmony with its original purpose, Young School will be restored as a beacon of hope and a gateway to education for those in pursuit of the strength, stability and self-reliance that owning a home of your own can provide. Under the banner of the globally proven Habitat for Humanity partnership housing model, Young School will serve as a hub for restorative, responsive, and uplifting activities that bring people together to build homes, community and hope. No matter who you are or where you are from you will find a sense of belonging here because it is our belief that everyone deserves a place to call home.
This landmark property was named for its benefactor Hiram Young, a successful African-American entrepreneur that was known for empowering those in his care by providing them education and access to real opportunity. Under the direction of Truman Habitat, Hiram Young’s legacy of providing life-changing opportunities that promise generational impact will be preserved through the following:

    Homebuyer Education and Affordable Housing Investments 

    • Home Owner Preparation through Education (H.O.P.E. Program)
    • Financial education and coaching for achieving & sustaining smart homeownership
    • Habitat for Humanity modeled affordable lending programs for home purchase & improvement
    • Home weatherization services, critical home repairs and aging in place assessment and repairs
    • Home preservation education including code compliance, maintenance, repair, energy conservation, and disaster planning


    Community Center Programming & Supported Services

    • Ongoing family & neighborhood success programming for life skills, healthy homes, family nutrition, emergency planning
    • Community engagement and neighborhood revitalization initiatives
    • Emergency/Disaster Volunteer mobilization and training center


    Residential Construction Workforce Development

    • Construction workforce training for young adults (16-29) in partnership with Eastern Jackson County public education and vocational training programs, supporting classroom training, industry credentialing, employment readiness, and hands-on experience in residential construction through our home building model
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    We Appreciate Our Donors!

    Sunderland Foundation

    Mabee Foundation

    Evans Evco Co.

    Victor E. Speas Trust

    The Goppert Foundation

    William J. Brace Trust

    William T. Kemper Foundation

    Victor E. & Caroline E. Schutte Foundation

    National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

    Bill Zaner, deceased

    Baerg Enterprises

    Yaeger Architects

    Ann Taylor – Alumni

    Alversia Pettigrew – Alumni

    Many, many individuals

    Distinguished Giving Opportunities

    “My heart was filled with so much joy. When you grow up poor you don’t think you can dream. You don’t think you can own a home. This home gives me independence and pride. It gives me hope. God still does miracles, and this is ours.”

    Habitat Home Owner

    Presentation of the DAR Historic Preservation and Special Projects Event and Video highlighting the Alumni of the Young School to be held in late June 2021.  A press release and invitations will be sent in May 2021.

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    Independence, Missouri 64050

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