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 in approximately 70 countries around the world. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward our vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with people and families in need of a decent and affordable home.
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 home building in El Paso County.
What is Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity?
Serving El Paso County, Colorado and internationally, Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity is an affordable homeownership program that brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.
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.
Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.
Focus on shelter.
Advocate for affordable housing.
Promote dignity and hope.
Support sustainable and transformative development.
Pikes Peak Habitat is one of 27 affiliates in Colorado. Habitat for Humanity operates in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in over 70 countries around the world. Our operational headquarters are located in Americus, Georgia, and our administrative headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
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 regardless of race or religion. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds.
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 and pay an affordable mortgage.
We build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.
Habitat for Humanity follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing Habitat’s homeowners.
Families in need of decent, affordable housing apply for home ownership with their local Habitat for Humanity.
Each local Habitat’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 home buyers invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners.
Habitat for Humanity works in a number of different ways to create decent, affordable housing.
• In addition to new construction, Habitat also renovates existing homes in many communities, particularly in urban areas.
• Habitat helps people repair and improve their own homes and neighborhoods.
• Habitat’s Disaster Response works with local communities to address a variety of housing needs after natural disasters.
• Habitat’s advocacy work raises awareness and support for decent and affordable housing around the world.
• Outside of North America, Habitat works with partner organizations to serve even more families through innovative financing methods.
Here in El Paso County, our Habitat homes cost an average of $150,000 per house to build. Before starting construction, we secure half that amount ($75,000) in house sponsorships and funding.
Does Habitat for Humanity 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, Colorado. To make a gift, you can donate here or learn more:
Become a Sponsor
Join a Giving Club
Other Ways to Give
We also have a local home improvement store called the ReStore, which sells reusable and surplus building materials, furniture and appliances to the public. The money made from these sales is used to help families build a better future.
How are donations distributed and used?
Habitat for Humanity relies on gifts from individuals, corporations and other groups to help families in need of decent and affordable homes around the world. All donations of any amount are deeply appreciated, and those contributions donated to Pikes Peak Habitat stay in El Paso County. Donors can designate a specific program; undesignated gifts will be used as general program support.
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 for Humanity ReStores are owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and proceeds are used to build strength, stability and self-reliance locally and around the world.
How can I become a volunteer?
There are many ways to volunteer. Visit our Volunteer page to learn how to:
• Volunteer locally
• Volunteer long-term
• Volunteer as part of a group
• Volunteer as part of a special event
• Travel and build with our Global Village program