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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity.
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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.

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 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.

Non-Proselytizing Policy

Habitat for Humanity International (Habitat) 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.

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.

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.

To see if you are eligible for a Habitat home, visit our Program Qualifications page.

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 (Habitat) 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.

Families in need of decent, affordable housing apply for homeownership 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 homebuyers invest at least 200 hundred 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 for low-income families in El Paso County.
• 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 $240,000 per house to build. With rising material and land acquisition prices, our costs have and are expected to continue to rise. We rely on donations and volunteer work to keep our homes affordable for our partner families.

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.

To donate materials, contact our ReStore.

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.

Learn more at Where the Money Goes.

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

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