At Habitat for Humanity of the Coachella Valley, HOPE is not a dream but a way of making dreams become reality. At this very moment, Habitat volunteers, supporters and partner families are building, renovating and repairing houses. Their work strengthens families, cultivates better communities, healthier children and more successful students.
Donate today and help us build healthy homes for those most in need.
WHO WE ARE
Habitat for Humanity of the Coachella Valley is a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. We are committed to partnering with the community to provide opportunities for safe affordable housing to families in need through volunteerism and education programs.
Habitat is run by a small staff and many volunteers. We are governed by a 15 member Board of Directors and assisted by committee members to achieve our mission.
WHAT WE DO
The ultimate goal of Habitat for Humanity is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the face of the earth by building safe, decent, affordable housing. Habitat is not a giveaway program. It is a partnership in which those who benefit from the program are involved directly in every aspect of the mission.
We achieve affordability because:
We receive a percentage of building materials from generous sponsors, as well as substantial discounts from major suppliers.
A large percentage of the labor needed to build a Habitat house is performed by volunteers, including 200 hours of "sweat equity" contributed by the partner family.
We sell the homes at cost, and use the proceeds from our mortgages to help build more homes.
Each partner family must be willing and able to:
Make a modest down payment and pay some closing costs.
Pay low mortgage payments that include principal, taxes and insurance on the property.
Have the time to devote at least 200 hours of "sweat equity" in construction, events and attend seminars to learn about homeownership.
WHAT WE’VE DONE
Since the inception of the affiliate in Coachella Valley, Habitat for Humanity has built over 27 houses for local area needy families in: Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Coachella and Desert Hot Springs. We are working on expanding to build in Indio, La Quinta and Palm Springs. We will gladly accept donations of land or bequests for future projects.
Habitat for Humanity's partner families are all Coachella Valley residents whose income is so low they cannot qualify for conventional financing. They are selected through extensive interviews by our Board of Directors and are representative of the Valley's ethnically diverse population. Living in poverty or substandard housing, these families often pay more than 50% of their income towards rent for run down, unsafe dwellings. Habitat for Humanity offers them the opportunity to obtain decent housing, often for the first time in their lives.
So WHAT WILL YOU BUILD? A wall? A roof? A room? A stronger family? Your donations, volunteerism and positive activism are a God sent gift.