To build affordable homes in partnership with families in need of a hand-up, not a hand-out.
Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley started in our area in 2000, serving Aspen to Glenwood Springs to Parachute. To date, we have completed 37 homes, with nine currently under construction.
Habitat for Humanity offers a "hand up, not a hand out" to local families in need. We work with qualified hard working low to middle-income families, in partnership, on their journey towards homeownership. Each family participates in the construction of their own home as well as other Habitat homes through sweat equity, completing over 250 hours of building alongside volunteers. In addition our families complete financial, home maintenance, good neighbor and first-time home-buyer classes so they have tools to become successful
Our program allows our partner families to purchase their home well below appraised value with a low-interest mortgage, keeping home-ownership affordable and sustainable for their family.
This year we broke ground with Pitkin County, the Roaring Fork School District and the Town of Basalt on a 27-unit development in Basalt, the Basalt Vista Housing Partnership. The wide gap between our high resort area cost of living (especially for housing) and actual wages makes it difficult to recruit and retain teachers, and essential personnel within our community-all who hold jobs that are key to the well-being of our children and community, but cannot afford to live close to where they work. While our local Habitat has been building homes with lower-income families for almost 20 years, we have become increasingly aware of the acute need for housing for middle-income workers who provide vital services to our community. This need is what brought about an extraordinary collaboration with the Roaring Fork School District, Pitkin County and the Town of Basalt to build the Basalt Vista Housing Partnership-located behind Basalt High School-which will provide 27 affordable homes for teachers and others in our local workforce. Through this effort, we hope to create a model that can be adopted in communities throughout Colorado and across the country.
The ReStore revenue now covers all of our overhead and administrative costs of the affiliate- ensuring each donation goes directly into building at 100%.
"This feels like I've won the lottery, only better, because it comes with a community."- Suzette, Partner Family
"Although I got to paint my room and pick up nails, my favorite part of the house is the doorbell! It isn't just a doorbell, it is a sign of welcome, a sign to say this is your home. I've never had a doorbell that has every worked and sometimes there wasn't even one- so when I see that door bell I know this is our forever home." - Maryann, daughter of Homeowner