Mission: To reduce poverty housing in the nation's capital by building decent, affordable, energy- and resource-efficient homes for people in need. The homes are sold at below cost, thereby making them more affordable to those in need.
Programs: Habitat for humanity of washington d. C. , inc. (hfhwdc) builds or renovates homes for low to medium income families to improve the conditions in which they live. The homes are sold at or below cost to those who otherwise would be unable to purchase. Hfhwdc partnered with parsons the new school for design and the stevens institute of technology to build the award winning "empowerhouse" entry in the u. S. Department of energy's 2011 solar decathlon. This was built on two hfhwdc lots donated by the dc department of housing & community development. This resulted in the completion of the district of columbia's two first ever passive houses, built to the passive house standard, today's highest global energy standard in home building. Not only has hfhwdc further "greened" its construction skills and practices, the organization's achievements were also recognized with the 2012 mayor's sustainability award. In 2014/15 hfhwdc started building six more passive homes, half of which were completed in 2015 and the other half were completed by 2016. Now eight low-income families will benefit from substantially lower utility costs, making home ownership much more affordable for them over time. For the fiscal year ending 06/30/2017, hfhwdc completed its 170th home and since selling its very first affordable home in 1992, accomplished the delivery of homeownership opportunities to one hundred and seventy households of nearly 700 individuals .
family services, mortgage servicing, affordable housing advocacy
I've volunteered a few times for DC Habitat. It's a great experience; the staff on-site is professional and helpful, but they also get you right to work. Getting to do real work on houses that local people will live in, and getting to meet the families is a positive and rewarding thing.
Volunteering with Habitat is a great way to bond with family or friends, or build spirit with your co-workers, so volunteer as part of a group.
I’ve volunteered for the Washington DC Habitat for Humanity several times and highly recommend helping with their efforts, for several reasons. First, it is a lot of fun. For someone who doesn’t have a lot of construction experience, there were still plenty of jobs I could do that were both interesting to me and useful to them. Since the organization attracts great volunteers, you get to chat with really interesting people while you’re on the work site. Second, they are very well organized and run a great program. The orientation covered a lot of the fundamentals of the work and also provided a good introduction to Habit’s methods (for example, I wasn’t aware of the rigorous selection process homeowners go through). Lastly, and this is more from a personal standpoint, it is great seeing the tangible product of your efforts. Over in Northeast Washington there are a few houses with families living in them that I helped build. Since my work is largely virtual bits and bytes, it is enormously gratifying see to your work become a house that will be someone’s home.
If I have any criticism of DC Habitat, it is that it can be very difficult to get a weekend work slot. There is a lot of interest and competition, so you have to be quick to sign up. Fortunately, the online sign-up system is easy to use. Here’s a hint, subscribe to the RSS feed. It is a great way to find out about weekend slots before everyone else!