Frequently Asked Questions About Habitat for Humanity and Pikes Peak Habitat
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About Habitat for Humanity

What is Habitat for Humanity?

Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and approximately 70 countries around the world. Habitat works toward our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live by building strength, stability, and self-reliance in partnership with people and families in need of a decent and affordable home.

Our Mission

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

Our Vision

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Our Principles

  • Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.
  • Focus on shelter.
  • Advocate for affordable housing.
  • Promote dignity and hope.
  • Support sustainable and transformative development.

Non-Proselytizing Policy

Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations will not proselytize. Nor will Habitat work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with Habitat. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

Safeguarding Policy

Habitat for Humanity is committed to supporting a respectful and ethical workplace, safeguarding the rights of those we serve, and properly stewarding our donors’ funds and resources. In service to that commitment, and in accordance with its foundational mission principles, Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity opposes any form of discrimination, harassment, exploitation and abuse.

What are Habitat for Humanity affiliates?

Habitat for Humanity affiliates are local Habitat for Humanity organizations that act in partnership with and on behalf of Habitat for Humanity International. Our Pikes Peak Habitat affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat advocacy, homebuilding, and home repair in El Paso County.

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Where does Habitat operate?

Pikes Peak Habitat is one of 25 affiliates in Colorado. Habitat for Humanity operates in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in more than 70 countries around the world. Our operational headquarters are located in Americus, GA, and our administrative headquarters are in Atlanta.

How does Habitat help families?

People in our community and all over the world partner with Habitat to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers, take homeownership education classes, and pay an affordable mortgage.

Is Habitat a Christian organization?

Yes, we are a global, nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. All who desire to be a part of this work are welcome, regardless of religious preference or background. We have a policy of building with people in need of decent, affordable housing, regardless of race or religion. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds.

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How does Habitat homeownership work?

Families in need of decent, affordable housing apply for homeownership with their local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

Each Habitat affiliate’s family selection committee selects homeowners based on three criteria:

• The applicant’s level of need.
• Their willingness to partner with Habitat.
• Their ability to repay a mortgage through an affordable payment plan.

As part of their willingness to partner, Habitat’s homebuyers invest at least 200 hundred hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners.

Does Habitat only build new houses?

Habitat for Humanity works in multiple ways to create decent, affordable housing. In addition to building new homes, Pikes Peak Habitat also renovates existing homes for low-income families in El Paso County and helps people repair and improve their own homes and neighborhoods. Our advocacy work raises awareness and support for decent and affordable housing around the world.

Habitat’s Disaster Response works with local communities to address a variety of housing needs after natural disasters. Outside of North America, Habitat works with partner organizations to serve even more families through innovative financing methods.

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How much does it cost to build a Habitat home?

In El Paso County in 2023, it costs us about $300,000 to build a new home. With rising material and land acquisition prices, our costs have almost doubled over the past two years and are expected to continue increasing. We rely on donations and volunteer work to keep our homes affordable for our partner families.

About Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity

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What is Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity?

Serving El Paso County, CO, and internationally, Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing Pikes Peak Habitat’s homeowners.

We build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.

Does Pikes Peak Habitat take donations?

Habitat depends on financial donations to fund our work. Donations directly to Pikes Peak Habitat help families build a place they can call home right here in El Paso County. Donate today or learn more:

We also operate two Colorado Springs home improvement stores, the ReStores -- Northeast, 6250 Tutt Blvd., 80923, and South, 411 S. Wahsatch Ave., 80903 -- which accept donations of reusable and surplus building materials, furniture, and appliances that they sell to the public. Proceeds from these sales help families build a better future.

Your donation helps a family build a strong foundation for the future

How are donations distributed and used?

Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity is committed to responsible stewardship of donations. In fiscal year 2022, 87% of donations went directly to serving families in El Paso County and internationally.

How can I become a volunteer?

We offer opportunities to volunteer at our construction site, with our home repair program, and at our ReStores. In addition to signing up as an individual, you can

• Volunteer long-term and become a Core Volunteer
• Volunteer as part of a group
• Volunteer as part of a special event

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About the ReStores

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What is a Habitat for Humanity ReStore?

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home-improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Habitat ReStores are owned and operated by local affiliates, and proceeds are used to build strength, stability, and self-reliance locally and around the world.

Where are the Pikes Peak Habitat ReStores located?

Pikes Peak Habitat operates two ReStores in Colorado Springs. Both are open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The donation docks are open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The ReStore Northeast is at 6250 Tutt Blvd., 80923.

The ReStore South is at 411 S. Wahsatch Ave., 80903.

Contact the ReStores.

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What donations do the Pikes Peak Habitat ReStores accept?

Our ReStores accept donations of gently used and new construction supplies, appliances, home goods, furniture, and more. We also recycle paint, porcelain, and metal. Please read the donation guidelines before bringing items to the store or arranging a pickup. Thanks for your support!

Will the ReStores hold an item for me?

Due to high turnaround and demand, the ReStores cannot hold unpurchased items for customers. Once you have paid for an item, we gladly hold it for three days (72 hours) so you can arrange for transportation and assistance, if needed. We do ask that you bring enough people to load heavy items. We rely heavily on volunteers and cannot guarantee that we will have enough people available to help with loading.

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