We build affordable housing
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 building of safe, decent, affordable homes with our partner families.
Habitat, in your community and around the world, has built over half a million homes. Since we’ve been operating in Whatcom County, beginning in 1988, we’ve completed 38 homes and housed more than 150 Whatcom County residents. Our latest project, the Telegraph Townhomes Community, is a giant leap in building volume and vision. The first 8 families will move in Spring 2020.
Habitat works in partnership with families in need of decent, affordable housing. We get the majority of our building work done by the generous support of the community, volunteers, businesses, churches, and other civic organizations. We repair, build, and sell good, affordable homes so that families can, in turn, build strong foundations for their futures.
We provide home building and mortgage financing for residents earning less than 60% of the area median income (AMI). We refer families who do not meet our qualifications to other local resources. Also, we offer affordable home furnishings, appliances, and building materials for sale to the public at our Habitat Store as a service to our community. The funds from these sales offset our buildings and operational costs.
How is our work made possible?
Volunteer labor: In Whatcom County, a diverse group of dedicated volunteers provide most of the labor we need in our various construction projects. We welcome volunteers from all walks of life.
Community support: In Whatcom County we are fortunate to have hundreds of caring companies, clubs, churches, and individuals who make Habitat for Humanity work. And as more people like you hear about us and volunteer, we can make an even greater impact.
Hard-working partner homebuyers: We work with people who, despite their hard work and diligence, still 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 homebuyers invest 500 hours of labor, or “sweat equity,” into building their homes and by volunteering with Habitat.
Sustainable stewardship: It is one of Habitat’s founding principles never to profit from our work and partnerships. Our houses are sold 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 Habitat Store also helps our Affiliate financially support our mission while keeping quality, usable items from going to waste.
Why do we do this work?
Because safe, decent, and affordable housing is key to helping families build strength, stability, independence, the result is affordable homes that can be passed down to future generations. Affordable housing has the power to permanently lift families up out of substandard living conditions.