Mission: Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity transforms neighborhoods by engaging families and community partners in creating affordable housing.
Results: -25 Years since incorporation
-One of the top 3 affiliates in US
-Top Single Family Home Builder in Dallas
-Over 800 families
- $2 million in taxes paid each year by Dallas Habitat homeowners
-Tithed over $800k helping over 229 families around the world
Target demographics: low-income, children, family, single mothers
Programs: Homeownership Program: Habitat does not build homes for families in need, but rather with families as equal partners. Habitat is the only nonprofit housing organization in Dallas that offers the opportunity for very low-income families to provide 400 hours of "sweat equity" in lieu of a down payment and take on a 30-year, 0% interest mortgage. Family sweat equity requirements are fulfilled by building their own home and the homes of other Habitat families, creating new skills, a sense of tremendous accomplishment and strong relationships with their neighbors. Each mortgage payment goes into a revolving "Fund for Humanity" to finance future Habitat homes. Pre-Purchase Homebuyer Education: Prior to purchasing their homes, qualified families are required to attend classes covering topics such as budgeting, home maintenance, home insurance, and the legalities of homeownership. Post-Purchase Homebuyer Education: Once the partner family has moved into their home and signed the closing documents, Dallas Area Habitat requires participation in the post-purchase phase of the Homebuyer Education Program within 30 days of move-in and up to 18 months to discuss financial challenges and opportunities, home maintenance, and warranty needs.
I have spent the last 14 years building homes for families who would probably not be able to afford a home any other way. I help manage a large group of weekly volunteers, both organizationally and onsite. I also am responsible for the entire building process once or twice a year as a House Leader.
It was only a sidelight for me until I attended the first home dedication for a family I had come to know through the process of building their home. Seeing their joy when they receive the keys to their new home was all it took to make me a "lifer."
Dallas Habitat for Humanity is a leader in building affordable housing for qualified low income partners. In the past 2 years, DAHfH has become a leader in energy efficiency, gaining LEED certification in the process, while maintaining our goal of quality affordable housing.
We build with efficient energy usage in mind, reducing the costs for our family partners, while reducing the cost to the environment.
We also are achieving goals for a more environmentally sustainable supply chain.