Habitat for Humanity of La Plata County provides responsible families in need, the life changing opportunity to purchase their own home. Through the cooperative efforts of volunteers, partner families, donors, and staff, Habitat for Humanity reaches out from Christian roots to build decent, affordable homes and communities in which people can live and grow.
Our local affiliate provides affordable home ownership opportunities through creation of multiple homes each year that are sold to deserving local households. We seek to empower and mobilize households into self-sufficient housing that builds integrity, stability, impacts youth behavior and educational outcomes and allows active members of our community the ability to invest in our community. We rely on contributions directly generated by our local 501c3 affiliate.
Monies contributed to our organization are used to secure much needed capital for our Fund for Humanity, which is a revolving fund that builds new homes and maintains the mortgage receivables in our portfolio.
As we sell homes, we re-invest funds into the next builds. In addition our annual budget is re-invested annually into our local economy stimulating local economic activity through our sub-contracts and vender purchases. Growing our fund allows us to maximize our impact and build capacity.
Miraculously, we have sold four homes in the last fiscal year and are poised to sell three in the 2Quarter of this fiscal year. Our model saw many challenges with COVID impacting the volume of volunteers, reducing our out-of-state tourist/volunteers and our business teams. The reduction caused use an increase in costs expended to contracted labor when volunteer numbers were lower. Our Hammers Club (retired volunteers) are absolutely amazing and were instrumental in achieving completion of two new homes in October 2020—a miracle under the pandemic challenges. We were able to purchase two rehabs to add to the affordable housing continuum and anticipate both to be sold in FY2021. Our ReStore has leaned on volunteer support, as well, with challenges of their own with curbside pick-ups. However, we have set protocol in place, quarantined incoming products and are adhering to strict PPE requirements. Contributions to the ReStore generate funds for our continued mission and reliance on community support is especially needed. After a 2 month closure due to the pandemic, the ReStore has seen positive support and continues to grow its clientele.