Seeking to put God's love into action, Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity (PPHFH) is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing in El Paso County.
The families we serve earn 35% - 80% of the area median income and could not otherwise afford decent housing. We completed our 37-lot Woodmen Vistas neighborhood in Colorado Springs, and are currently working on our 34-lot Country Living development in Fountain.
Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity selects our partner families according to
(1) the need for affordable housing,
(2) their willingness to partner, and
(3) the ability to make the monthly mortgage payments.
For a family of four, the annual income range is between $28,560 and $65,300 and is too low to qualify for a mortgage under traditional means. As part of the Habitat program, homeowners purchase their house with an affordable mortgage.
Pikes Peak Habitat builds homes to E-Star standards, creating energy-efficient homes and reducing costs on utilities for homeowners.
All future homeowners complete over 15 hours of mandatory first-time homebuyer classes that include topics such as Money Management, Mortgage and Closing Documents, Estate Planning, Insurance, Protecting Your Assets, Being a Good Neighbor & HOAs, and Home Maintenance. As a result of this training and securing affordable housing, Habitat families rely less on food stamps and government financed medical care. We remain in close contact and are better able than a traditional lender to assist families if they experience challenging times.
"Habitat for Humanity is one of the leaders in foreclosure mitigation."
-- Ken Klein, President of KLEINCO Properties and former Chair of Habitat for Humanity International's Board of Directors
"I mean, it's really good, and as a matter of fact, last year we had a hail storm that was big...and it destroyed the roof and some of the siding. So, when I called up the insurance adjuster, he was inspecting for damage and said, 'This is one of the best constructed houses I've ever seen. Who was the developer?' I said, 'Well, actually, it was Habitat for Humanity.'"
-- A Habitat homeowner describing the high quality of her home's construction
"I worked really, really hard for this house. I did most of the sweat equity myself..., so it's something that really feels like mine. It's been my biggest blessing, hands-down. It makes me want to cry. It's just been a really, really good experience for us."
-- Homeowner Kathy G. commenting on helping to build their home
"I feel blessed, I feel richer. You know, coming from what we were coming out of...then Habitat gave us the stability to have a place to call home, and the kids and I can just enjoy each other. And just that pride again that you have. I mean I've taken care of the home pretty well. You know, we've redone the carpets, the flooring, put a patio in the back. So, in that way, I feel richer."
-- Homeowner Teri D.
"There is a lot of peace and thankfulness knowing that my mortgage payment is fixed, for the most part, with only small fluctuations for insurance and tax changes. Rent never stopped rising and would go up faster than my income ever did."
-- Habitat homeowner