Habitat for Humanity Texas is the 501(c)3 State Association for 72 local Habitat for Humanity offices (affiliates) across the state of Texas. Established on March 23, 2005, Habitat for Humanity Texas is dedicated to helping Texas affiliates through our Four Pillars of Service.
Our Four Pillars of Service
Advocacy We educate elected officials on the need for affordable housing and serve as liaison and expert on affordable housing policies for state agencies.
Training & Technical Assistance We create opportunities for affiliates to stay current with best practices in nonprofit governance and professional development through conference calls, webinars, retreats, leadership meetings, and our annual Lone Star Summit.
Resource Development We develop resources for affiliates through advocacy, funding, and capacity building opportunities, taking advantage of economies of scale.
Disaster Services We help affiliates draft a preparedness plan in the event a natural or man-made disaster strikes. Once a disaster strikes, we provide disaster services and are there to assist in long-term recovery.
Habitat on the Local Level
Habitat families achieve long-term financial security and self-reliance through paying mortgages, paying taxes, and investing in their communities. They work to build their own homes, called “sweat equity”, and give back by working on the homes of other partner families. Economic impact analysis shows that property values in Habitat neighborhoods rise, crime is reduced, and quality of life for the entire community is improved.
Simple and decent While all Habitat homes 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 sustainable homes 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.
Accessibility Throughout North America, Habitat affiliates are encouraged to build with special attention to wheelchair accessibility for both homeowners and visitors.
Habitat affiliates provide new home construction for partner families, following the fair housing and housing accessibility guidelines. Some may also have a ReStore, provide critical home repairs, engage in Veteran Build, Women Build, and Neighborhood Revitalization.
“What a great (Leader) retreat and fantastic learning! You (Amy Ledbetter Parham) have a great team assembled that seem to allow you time to strategize and use your visionary aptitude. Habitat Texas continues to grow by leaps and bounds and I appreciate your leadership in those efforts! So looking forward to the Lone Star Summit and 2019 Leader Retreat! Thanks for all you do!”
“I’ve participated in many strategic planning programs, this (led by Amy Ledbetter Parham) was one of the best.”
“It was great getting to connect with other Habitat Leaders and relax too.” (About the Leader Retreat 2017)
“The leader retreats are probably the most encouraging, inspirational events I have attended with Habitat. I learned that everyone pretty much felt like they were drinking out of a fire hose at first, and occasionally since then. This is the perfect event for new leaders, or for those who have been here a while but still have questions about best practices. And after all, who among us doesn’t.”
“Great webinar [International’s Required Training for MLOs]! It worked great! We are so blessed to have you and your team.”
“This new Habitat for Humanity Texas Loan Origination Assistance Program was such a wonderful resource for our small affiliate. I would also like to thank you all for helping us get into LO compliance with your State Training. You all came to our rescue. We are so glad we are members!”
Putting Faith into Action
Habitat’s ministry is based on the conviction that to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, we must love and care for one another. Our love must not be words only – it must be true love, which shows itself in action. Habitat provides an opportunity for people to put their faith and love into action. We bring diverse groups of people together to make affordable housing and better communities a reality for everyone.
All are Welcome
Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.