Mission: Seeking to put God's love into action, Houston Habitat brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Results: For 27 years, the Houston Habitat mission has basically remained the same: to provide decent housing for low to moderate income families so they might remove barriers to success from their lives and build a stable, financially independent future. Incorporated in 1987 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Houston Habitat for Humanity has built over 1000 homes housing 4000 people, from infants to the elderly.
Programs: Houston habitat builds homes in the houston metropolitan area utilizing volunteer labor, donated materials and contributed funds. The homes are then sold to pre-qualified, low-income families. Homebuyers are selected based on need, ability to repay the houston habitat mortgage, and willingness to partner. During 2014, houston habitat built and sold 23 new homes to low income families thus providing a decent home for economically disadvantaged families.
houston habitat also operates the restore, a building supply outlet that is open to the public. The restore accepts donations from individuals, corporations and retail stores in the area and purchases some material for resale.
long-term mortgage financing is a key component of making houston habitat homes affordable. Homes sold to local low-income buyers are 100% financed by houston habitat. Homebuyers are provided an affordable 0% interest, 10-30 year mortgage. During 2014, houston habitat serviced 732 mortgage loans at zero interest for terms ranging from 15 to 30 years.
I recently volunteered at Houston Habitat to help build a home. The experience I had at the build site was truly life changing. It was the first time I had participated in such a great program and was by far the best experience of my life. The entire staff was friendly, and always teaching and guiding the volunteers through every step of the construction process. All I can say is WOW!! I will definitely be volunteering with Houston Habitat again!