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Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley

Our community needs the people who need affordable housing!

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Basalt Vista Housing Partnership

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Children (4-12 years)
Families
Teachers

Description

We're collaborating to make homeownership a reality for teachers!

In the Roaring Fork Valley-where resort area cost of living and rural wages have long created a strain on household budgets-it is extremely difficult for our community to recruit and retain the workforce we need. Teachers are among those most impacted by this housing dilemma, with some teachers in our districts living several to a home in order to live close to their schools. Many teachers actually give up trying to find housing and leave the area.

This is why we are incredibly proud to lead the Basalt Vista Housing Partnership-an unprecedented collaboration between Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley, Roaring Fork Schools, Pitkin County and the Town of Basalt-that will provide affordable homeownership for teachers and others in our local workforce. At least 14 of the 27 homes will be made available to teachers and staff employed by the Roaring Fork School District. The others will be sold to families who work in Pitkin County. The fully solar-powered, all-electric, Net Zero community will be built adjacent to Basalt High School, which is within walking distance of three schools and the bus line.

We are thrilled to report that we broke ground in May 2018 and our first nine homes are expected to be ready for their new families by the Summer of 2019

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Evidence of Program's Success

We have nine families who were struggling to stay in our area due to lack of affordable housing and a defeating feeling that they were never going to be able to make it who are now doing sweat equity hours helping to build their homes and preparing for the home buying process.

In the summer of 2019, we will have nine new homeowner families including 7 teachers who can now stay and teach in a community that they love!

Affordable Housing

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Single Parents
People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
Teachers

Description

WE PARTNER WITH FAMILIES TO BUILD HOPE AND HOMES, UNLEASHING HUMAN POTENTIAL!

Our mission is to build affordable homes in partnership with local families in need of a hand up, not a handout. This is why Habitat's program is designed to empower families to build a new life for themselves through the stability and security of owning a home.

Habitat homes are sold to families who qualify for a mortgage though a third-party lender and are willing to put in hundreds of hours of sweat equity. Our homes are affordable because we do not make a profit- each is built with help from volunteers and sold at a loss which is made up through donations.

In the past 12 months, six families moved into their homes. We are on track to complete nine homes in our new Basalt Vista Community in 2019; partnering with teachers from the Roaring Fork School District and essential workers within Pitkin County.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We help unleash human potential!
To date we have build homes with 33 families helping to provide stability for 86 children in our community.

Statistics that we are really excited about, did you know:
-children of homeowners are 116% more likely to graduate from college,
-25% more likely to graduate from high school,
-20% less likely to become teenage mothers,
- and 59% more likely to own a home within 10 years of moving from their parents household.

Habitat ReStore

Class

Community, Business & Industry 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
Disabled
Offenders, Ex-Offenders
People/Families with of People with Developmental Disabilities
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

We've built a ReStore that serves as a key driver in our homebuilding efforts.

ReStore 2.0 opened to the public January 18th, 2018 and has created quite a buzz in the community since. After years of planning and a true community effort, our ReStore finally has a "Home" of our own, and built with the same environmental consciousness that we put into the affordable housing units we build. Did you know that thanks to the generosity of our donors and a low interest economic development loan, we were able to consolidate our Habitat ReStore operations into a single permanent location, with monthly mortgage payments actually lower than our former combined rents? This savings has enabled us to revamp our pricing strategy to provide even lower prices to our customers and also put more money towards our home-building efforts. Even better for our shoppers, being in the Roaring Fork Valley means we receive the highest quality donations of furniture and household items (including some incredible "treasures"), appliances and building materials of all of the ReStores in the country.

With our desire to have the best ReStore in the country, customers are delighted from the moment they pull into the parking lot with an attractive building. The improved one-stop customer shopping experience was on the forefront of the design team focus. We wanted a bright, open, spacious uncluttered showroom, where we could display the extensive treasures, that are donated to us from our amazing donors, in an easy to shop space..

Also keenly aware that we had a sustainable business model that needed a permanent location in the valley, versus the prior situation of rising rents and moving from store to store which was inefficient and costly. Through a construction loan from Alpine Bank, an affordable mortgage from USDA Rural Development, a grant from CORE, and donations from the founding partners (Alpine Bank, Bob Young, Connie & Jim Calaway, Bighorn Toyota, The Gardener Foundation, and the Morgridge Family Foundation) the dream became a reality! In the end, we are saving money by owning our own building and guaranteeing a stable future for employees, and all the while building more affordable homes within our community.

Opening ReStore 2.0 has allowed Habitat RFV to appeal to even more customer needs by providing new purchased products, such as: mattresses, "scratch & dent" appliances, flooring materials, and rugs. In addition, we are now taking orders for custom kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities produced by prison inmates learning a marketable skill for when they are released. While continuing to provide the most unique treasures to our customers that we seek out and bring to you in our one stop ReStore.


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Evidence of Program's Success

Key areas of success for our ReStore:
- Diverted over 28 millions of pounds of waste from our local landfills; over 4 millions pounds in 2018 alone!
- Provide on the job training through a partnership with Mountain Valley Developmental for four team members
- Able to provide stable, year-round jobs for 25+ team members in a tourist community where regular employment is hard to find that pays a living wage and provides health and retirement benefits
- Ability to help countless community members who are fire victims, domestic abuse survivors, and others in crisis.

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