To build affordable homes in partnership with families in need of a hand-up, not a hand-out.
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
About Our Affiliate
Habitat’s mission extends far beyond building homes. We build hope for more secure lives, helping empower families to succeed, and we build community by engaging hundreds of residents in helping construct homes alongside those in need. With our assistance, struggling families can achieve the strength and independence they need to build a better life. Solid foundations and “forever” homes enable children to thrive in stable environments.
Our three county service area (Garfield, Pitkin, and Eagle counties), with a population of about 80,000 residents, is nationally recognized as having a severe affordable housing shortage and also as presenting nearly insurmountable challenges for families desiring to buy their first homes. Although wages in the valley measure up to those in other areas of Colorado, and the country at large, the cost of housing for either renting or owning is far greater here and among the highest in the United States. With extremes in income and standards of living, the populations of rural communities between Aspen and Parachute differ widely in their composition.
Our mission is accomplished thorough community participation, relying upon the help is mostly unskilled volunteers, we construct homes that our homeowners otherwise would not be able to afford or obtain with a conventional mortgage. By building homes for less than a for-profit builder and providing a housing subsidy, on average $100,000 per home, we are able to sell the homes at a price the homeowners can afford with a monthly mortgage payment of less than 30% of their monthly income.
Annually, over 1,500 volunteers provide invaluable assistance. In 2017, volunteers contributed over 14,632 hours of volunteer labor on our build sites and in our ReStores, and these numbers are continually growing. All volunteers gain valuable life and job skills through their hands-on work with Habitat. Some of these opportunities have led to full-time employment on our Habitat RFV team.
Contributing to the vitality of our communities, Habitat and our ReStores serve families throughout this far-flung geographical area in multiple ways. In addition to helping our homeowners transform their lives, we serve community members who need affordable items from couches to refrigerators to help furnish and improve their homes, and people who need building materials to repair or renovate their homes. We also provide a means for donors who want to give their furnishings, building materials, and/or appliances to Habitat to receive a tax benefit and the satisfaction of keeping usable goods our of our local landfills in return. And one area we are most proud of are the stable, year-round employment opportunities that we are able to offer our team, including benefits- in an area where it is hard to find lasting, meaningful employment.
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All are welcome
Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley is an inclusive organization: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide.