A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
No matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve to have a decent life. We deserve to feel strength and stability day after day. We deserve to know we have the power to take care of ourselves and build our own futures.
Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in the Fort Collins area and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. All are welcome.
Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.
Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, was established in 1993 as a Christian housing ministry and grassroots organization. We have built more than 74 homes locally, and more than 200 overseas. We also seek to increase our impact by partnering with local students of all ages to create STEM learning opportunities, including our Geometry in Construction build, which impacts 80 students per year as they construct a full-size Habitat home in the school's parking lot.
Partner families build and buy their home, paying a 0% interest fixed-rate mortgage payment. Habitat homeowners also contribute toward closing costs and hundreds of hours of "sweat equity". The lasting, generational impact is well-documented and includes educational and job attainment, health and wellness, and a sense of security and confidence in managing finances.
Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity values the input of our homeowners and in an effort to gather their input and study the long-term impact of the program, we adapted a written survey done by Habitat Metro Denver and administered it and compiled results which showed:
87% of homeowners surveyed feel more financially stable now than when they were renting.
55% of homeowners surveyed feel increased confidence in seeking a job promotion to further their career goals.
75% of homeowners surveyed expect their children to go to college.
63% of homeowners surveyed say their children's grades have improved with the stability of homeownership.
Some of the comments shared through the survey include:
"The biggest change is I feel relief knowing we don't have to move. This is our home and we can build our future."
"The biggest change was being financially able to go back to school to change careers. I became a teacher which gave me better income and job security."
"The most special part about the Habitat process was working with volunteers. What a priceless experience. Still makes me cry. XOXO."
"The saying, 'life can change in an instant' typically refers to a negative. The feeling of a positive instant change upon selection = priceless!"
"The most special part about the Habitat process is that I built my home in some portion. I cried happy tears during my first shower when I remembered framing the walls I now stood in, 6 months prior to this."