Last year, we built homes for 10 families, including 14 children. These homes help keep people out of shelters, off the streets, and out of overcrowded living situations. A home is the first front in ensuring a family’s ability to weather tough times and a child’s ability to succeed in school.
Our recent work has been concentrated in Ivy City, a community once deemed a “warehouse neighborhood” with little prospects of sharing in the District’s revitalization. The efforts we’ve made have brought it one step closer to benefiting from the District-wide renaissance of the past few years. We are working to foster lasting stability in troubled neighborhoods like this one.
We mobilized nearly 5000 volunteers last year, helping to strengthen America’s commitment to serving the community and strengthening partnerships. By utilizing volunteer labor, we keep our costs down and help to make housing affordable for our partner families. This means that every dollar we receive from sponsors is stretched to its maximum potential.
We’re changing the way the industry approaches housing. Last year we built the first passive house in the District, earning us our first ever Mayor’s Sustainability Award. “Green” building reduces our carbon footprint and keeps energy costs down for the families we serve. That’s why we’re building six more in the coming year, reaffirming our commitment to affordable housing and sustainable growth.
We’re building partnerships and strengthening the private sector’s commitment to the District. Foundations, corporate sponsors, and individuals alike donate to our work. Using private funding for our work maintains our independence and makes us accountable to a wider base of ideas.
It’s not just what we do, it’s who we are. Habitat’s mission is to bring people together, and we’re doing just that. By building homes, we’re building communities, partnerships, and hope. See how you can join us!