With a giving nature and kind heart, Hira Siddiqui felt a calling to help others find a home in her career as well as her volunteer efforts. As a real estate agent with Giving Tree Realty since January of 2018, Hira became involved with Habitat Charlotte.
Hira has a background in project management as well as property management. Hira and husband, Mateen Husain, married in 2011 and lived in Dubai before moving back to Houston in 2016. While looking to build a foundation for retirement, the couple started investing in real estate in 2012 while working full-time jobs. Hira and Mateen have a passion for real estate investments as well as property management. Mateen works in debt capital markets at Wells Fargo Securities and previously, Hira was working in project management.
With a desire to start a family and a job transfer for Mateen,
the couple moved to Charlotte. Hira’s wish to have a career with flexibility and her direct involvement with home investments led her to real estate. Aligning her philanthropic goals with her career goals, she found a home with Giving Tree Realty and a purpose in helping the homeless in Charlotte.
Habitat Charlotte has a foundational vision: “We strive for a world where everyone has a decent place to live.” Their mission follows along the same lines: “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.”
Founded in 1983 by seven local churches, Habitat Charlotte is a Habitat for Humanity affiliate. Through faith, innovation and passion, and the support of community partners,
volunteers, donors and advocates, Habitat Charlotte is working to help give people a chance to have a home. The group provides opportunities to anyone in need regardless of race, religion, age, gender, politics, or any other characteristic. Services include opportunities for home ownership as well as critical home repair. There is a service as well for Veterans who are in need of housing
“With my love of real estate and the construction processes, I felt compelled to help end homelessness and get people off of the streets,” shares Hira. She recalls when first moving to Charlotte seeing the homeless on the streets and hearing the stories of deaths due to lack of shelter in colder months. “It was so heartbreaking to see people sleeping on the streets in Uptown. I would offer food or toiletries to the homeless in an effort to make their lives better in a small way.”
Finding a spot to volunteer at Habitat Charlotte, Hira loved that she could give physically as well. “So many times, people feel compelled to share a post on social media as a way to create awareness, but I wanted to give of myself and my time. ‘Sweat Equity’ is what we call it: putting in the labor to help our fellow man.”
Her husband, Mateen, shares her vision as well. Recently, he joined her in a volunteer project with Habitat Charlotte through his employer, Wells Fargo. Hira loves the opportunity to learn and grow on these volunteer assignments. Hira enjoyed jumping in to help with framing as well as drywall installation. “It felt so rewarding to know that each nail placed, or each drywall piece added was going to help a person in need have a roof over their head. It was amazing to see all the volunteers as well as future homeowners working together.”
Among program guidelines for home ownership, Habitat Charlotte requires households to be willing to contribute a minimum of 300 ‘Sweat Equity’ hours (hands-on work on the home that will become theirs), to have lived or worked in Charlotte or Pineville for the last year, and to commit to a drug-free community. They also require that homeowners have no serious criminal history and are legal U.S. residents.
Hira’s giving heart extends beyond just Habitat Charlotte. Both herself and husband Mateen are involved with the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte as well as their local Mosque, The Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte. “We just try to be good human beings in general to all,” says Hira. “I believe that one small change can make good in the world for others.”
Hira volunteers within her Mosque, and loves that the Mosque is open to all. “During Ramadan, our Mosque opens its doors to all at sunset to provide food for those who would like to eat.” (Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community, according to Wikipedia.)
Hira’s spirit of compassion and desire to help others emanates through her every action. The couple recently
celebrated the birth of their daughter, Myra. Even while navigating the new world of motherhood, Hira was passionate about helping others to take time to spread the word about Habitat Charlotte and ways to get involved. When asked what she would most like to share in this article, Hira emphasized, “I would love for people to see the benefits of getting hands on time to help a wonderful cause. The Habitat Charlotte volunteer page is very well organized and easy to navigate. Each project relies heavily on its volunteers to make it a success.”
For more information, please see https://www.habitatcharlotte.org/. To volunteer, please seehttps://www.habitatcharlotte.org/volunt…/volunteer-overview/, or reach out to Hira Siddiqui at 832-444-2646