About Habitat Texas

The mission of local Habitat for Humanity affiliates is to build simple, decent housing for people in need. Habitat for Humanity is not a giveaway program. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat affiliates can finance affordable loans at no profit and sell to partner families selected through nondiscriminatory policies. These homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor into building their Habitat house and the houses of others. Homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses. Habitat for Humanity Texas is a 501(c)3 organization established in 2005 dedicated to helping these affiliates through advocacy, technical assistance and training, resource development and disaster preparedness.

Habitat Texas is funded through affiliate dues, fees for services and grants while offering learning opportunities and programs to affiliates. Every dollar invested in Habitat Texas is leveraged across the state.

 

Over 80 affiliates across Texas have built, rehabilitated or repaired almost 10,000 houses

43 ReStores in Texas – ReStores are stores run by affiliates with their primary mission to provide additional funding to support house building goals. ReStores sell everything from building supplies to household goods, at a reduced cost, allowing Habitat another avenue to serve the low income community

In FY 2012:

Thousands of tons of used building materials were diverted from landfills and resold in Habitat ReStores, which supported more building

474 new homes built in Texas[i]

369 repaired homes in Texas[ii]

904 Homes were built, rehabilitated or repaired[iii]

 

Based on National Association of Home Builders[iv] estimates, the houses built in 2012 by Habitat affiliates in Texas:

Created 1422 jobs (doesn’t include jobs created through rehab and repair programs)

Generated revenue and increased the property tax base that supports local schools and communities

42,660,000 in government revenue, including $10,902,000 in state and local taxes (doesn’t include revenue created through rehab and repair programs)

Simple and decent
Most Habitat houses built in the US share the following characteristics:

  • Living space of about 1,000 square feet (exact size depends on number of bedrooms)
  • One bathroom
  • Covered primary entrance
  • 3’ doorways and 3’4” hallways to allow wheelchair access.

While all Habitat house share similar design features, the differences in climate and construction techniques ensure ample individuality. Additionally, homeowners are given opportunities to customize their homes.

Sustainable construction practices

We build sustainably to take better care of our environment, our homeowners, and our volunteers. Our goals are to reduce the home’s monthly and life cycle costs and increase efficiency and durability while providing healthy environments.

Accessibility
Throughout North America, Habitat affiliates are encouraged to build with special attention to wheelchair accessibility for both homeowners and visitors. Habitat builds energy efficient and sustainable house whenever possible.

 



[i] US CONSTRUCTION DEFINITIONS

New House

A “new house’ is a housing unit that:

  • Is 100 percent newly constructed
  • Fully complies with the HFH U.S. house design criteria and applicable local building codes and other legal requirements, including receipt of a Certificate of Occupancy or local equivalent
  • Has been sold to a family or individual that has been approved in accordance with the affiliate’s Board approved family selection process

 

Notes:

  • When an affiliate demolishes an existing structure, then constructs a new housing unit in its place, the new housing unit is reported as a “new house”.
  • A housing unit reported as a “new house” cannot have been counted as a family served in any previous Affiliate Statistical and House Production Report.

 

[ii] Rehabilitated House

A “rehabilitated house” is a housing unit that:

  • Is acquired by the affiliate, then reconstructed or renovated by the affiliate
  • Fully complies with applicable local building codes and other legal requirements, including receipt of a Certificate of Occupancy or local equivalent where necessary
  • Has been sold to a family or individual that has been approved in accordance with the affiliate’s Board approved family selection process

 

[iii] Repair

A “repair” is the repair or renovation of an existing housing unit that is not owned by the affiliate, so long as:

  • The housing unit is owned and inhabited by an individual or family that has been approved in accordance with the affiliate’s Board approved family selection process
  • The work is performed under a written agreement, including scope of work and payment terms, between the homeowner and the affiliate in accordance with the affiliate’s Board approved procedures for repair projects
  • The work fully complies with applicable local building codes and other legal requirements

 

Note: The Repair category does not include work performed by an affiliate on a Habitat  house under a warranty.

In the U.S., the “Repair” category has three sub-categories: Home Preservation, Critical Home Repair and Weatherization.

[iv] http://www.nahb.org/fileUpload_details.aspx?contentID=155811