We build homes and hope
One in five families in Whatcom County lives in poverty. This number is on the rise due to our area’s population growth and other economic pressures. Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County is committed to combating poverty and inadequate housing through home ownership. Habitat works with individuals, churches, community groups, businesses, and organizations to build homes for families in need.
How we operate
It takes more than labor to build a house. For every home we build in Whatcom County, Habitat must raise $150,000 to pay for land and building materials. We rely on the generosity of businesses, churches, sponsors, and individuals for funds, volunteer labor, and materials. Because we sell our homes at cost with a 0% mortgage, we can help families who otherwise would not qualify for traditional mortgages.
Every mortgage payment returns vital funds to Habitat, which along with cash donations, helps us build even more homes. Every cash gift we receive at Habitat, no matter how small, makes a difference. Habitat’s core value, “a hand-up, not a hand-out,” means that every penny is repaid. Please consider pledging $5 per month.
Breaking the cycle
Stable homes contribute to stable, healthy families and support children’s educational success. With a safe, decent, affordable home, an education, a sense of belonging to a caring community, and the financial security of home ownership, families can break the cycle of poverty for generations to come.