Seeking to put God’s love into action,
Habitat for Humanity brings people together
to build homes, communities and hope.
Habitat for Humanity affiliates build simple, decent, affordable housing.
Habitat for Humanity is not a giveaway program. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat affiliates can finance affordable loans at no profit and sell to partner families selected through nondiscriminatory policies. These homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor into building their Habitat house and the houses of others. Homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses. Habitat for Humanity Texas is a 501(c)3 organization established in 2005 dedicated to helping these affiliates through advocacy, technical assistance and training, resource development and disaster preparedness.
Habitat Texas is funded through affiliate dues, fees for services (such as grant-writing), conference/training registrations and grants. This year, Habitat Texas will increase the number of learning opportunities and programs offered to affiliates so every dollar invested in Habitat Texas can be leveraged throughout the state while promoting best practice nonprofit governance and increasing accountability in the complex world of mortgage programs.
Habitat on the local level
Economic impact analysis shows that property values in Habitat neighborhoods rise, crime is reduced, and quality of life for the entire community is improved.
Most Habitat houses built in the US share the following characteristics:
- Living space of about 1,000 square feet (exact size depends on number of bedrooms)
- One bathroom
- Covered primary entrance
- 3’ doorways and 3’4” hallways to allow wheelchair access.
While all Habitat house share similar design features, the differences in climate and construction techniques ensure ample individuality. Additionally, homeowners are given opportunities to customize their homes.
Sustainable construction practices
We build sustainably to take better care of our environment, our homeowners, and our volunteers. Our goals are to reduce the home’s monthly and life cycle costs and increase efficiency and durability while providing healthy environments.
Throughout North America, Habitat affiliates are encouraged to build with special attention to wheelchair accessibility for both homeowners and visitors. Habitat builds energy efficient and sustainable house whenever possible.
Habitat across Texas
- Created 1422 jobs (doesn’t include jobs created through rehab and repair programs)
- Generated revenue and increased the property tax base that supports local schools and communities
- 42,660,000 in government revenue, including $10,902,000 in state and local taxes (doesn’t include revenue created through rehab and repair programs)
- Built 346 new homes;
- Recycled 18 homes;
- Rehabilitated 40 homes; and
- Repaired 463.
That’s a total of 867 homeowners and their families served!
*Represents a 7% increase over FY2013
**Represents a 26% increase over FY2013