Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County Programs
Construction of simple, decent affordable homes in Kitsap County. Donations of money and materials, all-volunteer construction crews and the investment of hundreds of hours of labor by future families into building their house and the houses of others keep costs to a minimum. Homes are built at no profit and financed with 0% interest loans, and are built to NW Energy Star and WA Evergreen Sustainable Development Standards, to keep houses affordable to the families once they move in..
Creation of strong sustainable communities through volunteerism, private funding, material donations, and ongoing educational programs: Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County partners with area groups to provide programs that support, integrate and educate future homeowners. Habitat construction sites provide a level playing field where individuals from all walks of life work together building community as they build each home from the ground up.
Substantive provision of decent, affordable housing for people in need in Kitsap County: As the need for decent and affordable housing grows, Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County is moving from single family home building to the construction of substantial planned housing communities as well. The first of these was the 18-home New Hope development completed in March 2009. A second 11-home development is under construction and a third with 32 homes is in the pipeline.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County was awarded Kitsap United Way's 2008 Community Impact Award "Building Safe and Caring Communities" for New Hope, our first planned housing community.
Construction funding: Habitat homes are built exclusively through private funding. This template promotes community involvement and commitment through volunteerism and private contributions of funds and materials. Each home costs $66,000 to build and an average of six homes annually.