Who We Are
Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County is a locally governed affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. We are a non-profit organization committed to eliminating substandard housing through the building of safe, decent, affordable homes with our partner families.
Habitat has built over half a million homes around the world. Since we started serving Whatcom County in 1988, we’ve completed 38 homes and housed more than 150 Whatcom residents.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
We Are Committed to Serving Whatcom in the Following Ways:
Creating affordable housing by building and fixing homes across our county.
Ending the cycle of poverty forever for our neighbors in need.
Creating opportunities for everyone to volunteer in service to their community.
Selling inexpensive furnishings and home remodel materials to our community through our Habitat Store.
Building energy efficient homes through innovation and partnership.
Faith in Action
We strive to trust in God and seek His help and guidance at every opportunity. We have chosen, as our means of manifesting God’s love, to create opportunities for people to live in decent, durable shelter.
A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out
Habitat sells the homes it builds and does not give them away. Habitat does not do the work for free, but at cost.
Not to Profit from the Poor
We sell our homes for the cost of land and materials and then finance the homeowner’s purchase with an interest-free mortgage. A second mortgage covers the difference between the cost and the market value. This prevents partner families from profiting from the value of the gift of volunteer labor and being victimized by predatory lenders.
Partnership and Community
We ask our Partner Families to volunteer over 500 hours of sweat equity in advance of purchasing their home. We invite individual volunteers, churches, civic clubs, businesses and other groups to help provide a support network to sustain the Partner Family in faith and community spirit.
Financial Accountability and Sound Gift Stewardship
The board of directors requires that Financial Statements be audited annually. Any cash or in-kind gift that supports home construction is a gift that keeps on giving. The Partner Family purchases the home or receives repairs to their home with a mortgage underwritten by Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County. The income stream from the mortgage provides the cash for the next project.
“Preach the Gospel Always, if Necessary Use Words.”
We express our faith through the work we do, not through proselytizing. All are welcome regardless of faith. You do not have to be a Christian to volunteer or become a Habitat homeowner. We believe every home we build is a lasting testament to how we as human beings care for each other, and how God cares for us all.
Local People Responding to Local Needs
We have a local volunteer board of directors governing a local staff and volunteers to help solve local housing problems with local community values. It is our desire to build community as well as homes.
Simple, Safe, Decent, Affordable Home Design
Habitat is constantly vigilant to control costs and limit amenities to ensure affordability of its projects. Habitat is not a real-life version of Extreme Makeover.
Careful and Thoughtful Stewardship of our Resources
Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County continuously improves. We will build green homes and use green materials wherever practical and affordable. We will strive to make each volunteer experience pleasant, meaningful and memorable. We will donate unused or unsold materials and household goods from the Habitat Store so they may benefit others.
As a Christian Ministry and as part of its covenant with Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County tithes 10% of its mortgage income to support home construction throughout the world. We currently designate our tithe to a sister affiliate in Costa Rica, approximately building one home in Costa Rica for every home we build here in Whatcom County. There is an opportunity to help build homes in Costa Rica and other countries.