Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities through their local Habitat affiliates across the United States, and in approximately 70 countries. The mission of Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County (HfHMC) is to build safe, decent, affordable housing for God's people in need. Our vision is a community, a world, where everyone has a decent place to live.
Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County (HfHMC) was incorporated in March 1990 by a VISTA volunteer who had been working for the Colorado Coalition for the homeless. This volunteer saw the need for a community-based affordable housing program for hardworking, low to middle income families in Mesa County, and reached out to Habitat for Humanity (Habitat). By the end of 1990, the HfHMC affiliate was able to purchase three lots. The first Habitat house was completed and dedicated to the new Habitat Homeowner in October of 1991. Habitat's program is based on three simple criteria: need, willingness to partner with Habitat to build your own home, and the ability to repay a zero percent interest mortgage.
HfHMC has since evolved from a volunteer, non-profit organization to a staff of 11 full-time, 7 part-time and 1 contract employee. The organization's Habitat ReStore (a non-profit retail outlet) provides financial support to cover the majority of Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County's administrative and operating expenses. To date, Habitat has built 77 homes for deserving, hard-working families in Mesa County. We currently have three homes under construction and 4 families in our program.
Habitat and its affiliates work with people of all faith (or no faith) and belief backgrounds; selling homes at no profit to the homeowner, and offering 0% affordable mortgages. Habitat is able to do this through generous donations of volunteering, financials, in-kind services, and donated materials.
NO MORE LEASE'S FOR THE LEWIS FAMILY
Johnathon and Michelle Lewis are the proud parents of two young boys. When they applied for the Habitat program, Michelle was still pregnant with their second son. They are working to build a safe and affordable home for their family. They currently live in a cramped two bedroom apartment where the landlord will take days to respond to much needed repairs. They have very loud neighbors that often have parties until early morning. In their submission letter to Habitat for Humanity they stated "we are not looking for a hand out, just an opportunity to have a safe place to raise our children and call home." Jonathan and Michelle are well on their way. They have kept busy working on their 500 hours of sweat equity and should be in their house before Christmas.
A PLACE TO CALL HOME FOR ARACELY GUTIERREZ
Aracely is a hardworking single mother of three children, 2 boys and 1 girl. Aracely has overcome many obstacles on her way to homeownership. She left the father of her children after many years of abuse. Aracely works full time as a legal assistant and is the sole provider for her children. She has been unable to qualify for a traditional loan. In order to obtain stable housing she is currently on a housing voucher for a two bedroom, one bath apartment. In her application for Habitat she expressed her excitement about learning new skills on the job site while building her own home. She knows that an affordable home will mean enough space for her children and a safe backyard to play in.