A world where everyone has
a decent place to live
At our core, we believe that everyone should feel safe and secure in a home that meets their basic needs. Everything we do at Habitat for Humanity of Island County we do with this vision in mind.
Your support makes it possible
Financial support from the community helps local families to achieve the dream of affordable homeownership.
Building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter
A Habitat Home is a strong foundation for a family, an opportunity on which they can build a better life. Strong and stable homes help build strong and stable communities.
A Habitat home is a stabilizing force for a family. Better, affordable living conditions lead to improved health, stronger childhood development, and the ability and financial flexibility to make better choices.
Habitat homeowners receive financial education, help build their homes, and pay a mortgage. Habitat helps families help themselves.
Through shelter, we empower.
Habitat for Humanity of Island County empowers families to believe in themselves and strive to reach their full potential.
Help us Build
Thirteen homes are currently in some stage of planning, pre-construction, or construction. Your support now will help ensure we have all the materials we need!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Habitat for Humanity?
We are a nonprofit housing organization. Our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We work toward our vison by partnering with people and families in need of a decent and affordable home.
How does Habitat help families?
People and families in Island County partner with Island County Habitat to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.
How does Habitat for Humanity homeownership work?
Families in need of decent, affordable housing apply to join the homeownership program. The family selection committee selects homeowners based on three criteria:
- The applicant’s level of need.
- Their willingness to partner with Habitat.
- Their ability to repay a mortgage through an affordable payment plan.
Habitat’s homebuyers invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners, in addition to paying an affordable mortgage and receiving financial education.
Habitat for Humanity follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection. Habitat for Humanity of Island County does not discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, or national origin.
Does the homebuyer applicant have to live in Island County?
In order to purchase a home through Habitat for Humanity of Island County the applicant must live or work in Island County for at least one year. There are Habitat affiliates throughout Washington State and the entire U.S. People should apply in the county in which they reside.
Does Habitat for Humanity only build new houses?
Island County Habitat builds new houses and also performs repairs for income-qualified homeowners. The repairs must be necessary for the health and safety of the homeowner, who must reside in the home. Similar to the homeownership program, homeowners provide sweat equity and also pay back a portion of the repair costs based on ability to pay.
Do I need to have construction experience to volunteer on a build?
Anyone willing and able can volunteer on a Habitat build. We provide all the training you need to have success when you volunteer. All tools and safely equipment is provided. Of course, folks who do have experience are also welcome to volunteer.
How do you volunteer with Habitat for Humanity?
We always need volunteers in our stores and on our build sites. The best way to get started is by visiting the volunteer page on our website.