About Habitat

Habitat volunteers

Read our 2015/2016 Annual Report!

Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County is a locally governed, self-sustaining affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. We are a non-profit organization committed to overcoming substandard housing through the rehabilitation and building of affordable, decent homes with families.

We build homes with families in need of safe, decent, affordable housing.

Habitat in your community and around the world have built over half a million homes. Since we have been operating in Whatcom County, beginning in 1988, we’ve completed 40 homes and housed more than 150 Whatcom County residents.

Habitat works in partnership with families in need of decent, affordable housing and community volunteers, businesses, churches and other civic organizations. We repair, build, and sell good, affordable homes so that families can build a strong foundation for the future.

We provide home building, repairs, and mortgage financing for residents earning less than 60% of the area median income. We refer families who do not meet our qualifications to other local resources. Also we offer affordable home furnishings, appliances, and building materials to the public at the Habitat Store as a service to our community and to offset our operational costs.

Our work is possible because of…

Volunteer Labor: In Whatcom County,diverse volunteers for Habitat For Humanity provide most of the home building labor. We welcome volunteers from all faiths and walks of life!

Community Support: In our county we’re fortunate to have hundreds of companies, clubs, churches and individuals who make Habitat For Humanity work. And as more people like you hear about us and join the challenge, we can make an even greater difference!

Hard-working Partner Home Buyers: We work with people who, despite their diligence, need a hand up to build a better future. If you live in Whatcom County and can’t afford to buy a home, give us a call. Habitat for Humanity works to make home ownership possible for hard working families. Partner home buyers  invest 500 hours of labor or “sweat equity” into building their homes and volunteering with Habitat.

Sustainable Stewardship: It is one of Habitat’s founding principles never to profit from our work and partnerships. Houses are sold at at cost for an affordable mortgage. Our program is self-sustaining and self-growing because homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments go into a revolving fund that is used to build more Habitat houses. Our store also helps financially support our mission and keeps quality, usable items from going to waste.

Our work is overseen by a volunteer board of directors, a small paid staff and several volunteer committees .

Why do we do it?

Because safe, decent, and affordable housing is key to helping families build strength, stability, independence, and shelter that can be passed down to future generations. Housing can permanently lift families up out of poor living conditions.