Building Homes Building Hope
We offer a hand up, not a hand out by building simple, decent and affordable homes for hard working, low-income families.
Habitat for Humanity Upper Fraser Valley is a non-profit organization working toward a world where everyone has a safe, affordable place to live. Our mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means of breaking the cycle of poverty.
Our homeownership model empowers families by providing a hand-up, not a hand-out. Through volunteer labour and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates safe, affordable houses alongside partner families. Habitat homes are sold to partner families with no down-payment, no-interest mortgages and families are expected to put in 500 hours of work on their own homes. The monthly mortgage payments go into a revolving fund called the Fund for Humanity, which is used to build more homes for more families.
Habitat for Humanity also runs a retail outlet called the ReStore. ReStores sell donated new and used building material, appliances, furniture, home decor and much more. Revenue from ReStores supports Habitat's administration costs and means that donations made to us go directly towards housing. ReStore also helps insure that quality products are being put to good use by members of the community rather than going to a landfill. ReStores accept donations from individuals, manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, contractors, developers and many others. By donating to ReStore many individuals and businesses are able to cut transportation and dumping costs while helping out the community.
Habitat for Humanity Upper Fraser was established in 2001 and works in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Hope and Mission. To date we have built or acquired 7 homes for families in need. We have also renovated or been involved in the construction or renovation of countless housing projects for low income people, seniors and at risk youth. HFH UFV has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of housing here in BC and abroad. While our affiliate builds strictly in the Fraser Valley for local families in need, Habitat for Humanity operates worldwide. Habitat builds homes in nearly 100 countries and is the number one not for profit home builder in the world. Every 5.5 minutes a Habitat for Humanity serves a family in need. To date roughly 800,000 homes have been built housing nearly 4 million people. Habitat for Humanity has built roughly 2,500 homes in Canada with 221 homes being started in 2014.
In Canada nearly 1.3 million people do not have secure affordable housing and with housing prices continuing to rise compared to wages, the need for affordable housing will continue to increase. Owning a Habitat home means that families can own a home with only 30% of their monthly wages going towards a mortgage. It means breaking the cycle of poverty and being able to build equity instead of paying rent. Habitat families report having greater financial security. They are free to renovate their living spaces to meet their needs, which might include wheel chair accessibility, converting a garage into a home office or building children’s play equipment in the back yard. For children of Habitat families this means improved grades, better behaviour and children who are generally happier, more confident and outgoing. Parent’s report that their families are healthier and their family life has drastically improved.
By the numbers:
- 40% of Habitat Partner families report that their children get higher grades
- 53% report that their children are better behaved
- 59% report feeling better about their economic situation
- 60% report happier, more confident and outgoing children
- 78% report better health
- 89% report better family life
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