Habitat for Humanity of Colorado

1 in 7 households in Colorado spend more than half of their income on housing, forcing too many families to make impossible choices, especially now. Habitat promotes a housing continuum that encourages social and economic mobility through the creation of affordable housing throughout Colorado.

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Stronger Together: Emergency Mortgage Assistance Fund

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

Families
Homeless
Parents
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Single Parents

Description

This fund will offer critical assistance to Habitat partner families in Colorado struggling with the impossible choices of prioritizing their family's well-being and keeping their forever home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Together we aim to raise $400,000 to be used for mortgage assistance for Habitat families across the state who have lost income during this time.

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Evidence of Program's Success

So far, Habitat for Humanity of Colorado has raised $150,000 towards our goal of $400,000. Habitat for Humanity is needed in Colorado now more than ever. And now -more than ever -we need you!

ReBuild Colorado

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

Families
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

In September 2013, unprecedented flooding across Colorado's Front Range forced the evacuation of over 8,000 people, damaged or destroyed thousands of homes, and claimed 10 lives. The total impact to housing was estimated at approximately $676 million. In the three hardest-hit counties - Boulder, Larimer, and Weld -1233 homes either had major damage or were completely destroyed. The state's action plan for the recovery effort describes the flood's impacts in detail.

The disaster disproportionately affected low- to moderate income people, which comprised nearly three quarters of flood-affected households. In a region that already had an affordable housing crisis before the floods, vacancy rates dropped and rent prices rose further in the wake of the disaster. Many who were displaced from their homes have struggled to find housing they can afford. The impact of the flooding has also been felt by low-income families across the region who weren't directly impacted but still have to meet their housing needs within an increasingly cost-burdened market. Many households pay close to half their monthly income for rent, making it very difficult to afford life's other basic necessities.

In response to the disaster and the housing crisis, Habitat for Humanity initiated ReBuild Colorado with a three-year vision of serving 200 additional families in the flooded region through a combination of new home construction, repair, and rehab. Habitat for Humanity has been allocated $6 million in CDBG-Disaster Recovery funds that are being leveraged, along with contributions from other sources, to support the construction of more than 90 new homes. Repair and rehab work is being funded by private donations and other public funding sources.

While most projects will be completed in the hardest hit counties, all of Habitat's work throughout the federally-declared disaster area will be a vital part of the region's long-term recovery.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Serving 200+ families

Habitat for Humanity of Colorado

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Families

Description

HFHC is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation whose purpose is to build the capacity of affiliates by increasing access to resources, facilitating communication between affiliates and the community, and providing statewide leadership toward the creation of thriving communities that support healthy families.

HFHC works toward the elimination of substandard housing through the following goals:
Diversified Funding: Develop diversified sources of funds, in-kind donations, services and other resources, and distribute these equitably to affiliates;
Public Relations: Develop, promote, and coordinate statewide activities to increase public awareness of Habitat's work in Colorado;
Communications: Facilitate networking and sharing of expertise, information, technical assistance, and other resources with and among Colorado affiliates.
Strategic Partnerships: Develop statewide collaborations and partnerships that create opportunities for affiliates at a local level.

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Evidence of Program's Success

• Number of homes built
• Number of families served
• Number of partners engaged

Down Payment Assistance

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

Description

Through a partnership with Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka and FirstBank, families living at or below 50% of area median income are granted $10,000 for down payment assistance to buy down their Habitat mortgage.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Number of families in Habitat homes.
Number of families taking first time home buyer classes.

Training and technical assistance

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

Description

HFHC provides a broad spectrum of training on topics affecting affiliates' work, including mortgage document preparation, energy efficiency, fundraising, and organizational development issues. Technical assistance is provided on affordable housing issues, web page design and management, marketing, direct mail services, etc.

HFHC sponsors a regional conference, Camp Colorado, for affiliates from Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Montana,Kansas and Utah.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Since 2001, thanks to a combination of increase financial resources and training, affiliates have steadily increased production of affordable housing from around 60 homes year to nearly 110. HFHC believes providing training in conjuction with financial resources best prepares affiliates to build more homes sustainably.

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