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 not-for-profit Christian organization committed to overcoming substandard housing through the rehabilitation and building of affordable, decent homes for needy families.

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

Habitat affiliates around the world have built over half a million homes. Since the Whatcom County affiliate’s beginning in 1988, we’ve completed 40 projects and housed more than 150 Whatcom County residents.

Habitat works in partnership with families in need and community volunteers, businesses, churches and other civic organizations. We repair, build, and sell houses at cost, with no-profit, interest-free mortgages, so that families can live and grow into all that God intends.

We provide home building, repairs, and mortgage financing for residents earning less than 60% of the area median income. We refer families in need who do not meet our qualifications to other area agencies.  And 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, volunteers for Habitat For Humanity provide most of the homebuilding 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 Homebuyers: We work with people who, despite their diligence, need a helping hand to step out of poverty. If you live and work in Whatcom County and can’t afford to buy a home, give us a call. Habitat for Humanity works to make homeownership possible for very low income families. Partner homebuyers  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 the poor. Houses are sold at no profit, with no interest charged on the mortgage. But 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 affordable housing is key to helping families build stability, self-sufficiency, and wealth that can be passed down to future generations. Housing can permanently break the cycle of poverty.