What is your mission statement?
Building decent, affordable homes in partnership with local families who qualify.
What is your yearly budget (optional), and how many paid employees do you have?
Program and administrative: two full-time, two part-time employees; ReStore: three full-time, four part-time.
What is your nonprofit’s history?
Nevada County Habitat for Humanity was organized in mid-1995 by various community, government and church members to address the growing and recognized need for affordable housing in Nevada County. The organization was awarded “affiliate” status from Habitat for Humanity International in September of 1996 and shortly thereafter qualified as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.
Nevada County Habitat for Humanity has grown from a handful of concerned citizens to a grassroots organization with a 12-member governing board of directors, a roster of 25 standing committee members and more than 60 committed volunteers and 600 loyal financial donors, supporting our mission of providing simple decent and affordable homeownership for deserving local families.
Who is your primary audience?
Low-income individuals and families challenged to overcome poverty housing. Qualified individuals and families who earn 30-6 percent of the median income for Nevada County, live in unsafe, unhealthy, overcrowded and unaffordable conditions and who are willing to partner with Habitat to help build their home.
Since 1995 we have completed 24 homes, providing a permanent, affordable housing solution for 34 adults and 69 children in Nevada County
List the biggest achievements in your nonprofit¹s history:
1. Our homeowner’s ongoing success: From 1995-present, 100 percent of our 24 homeowners are still in their homes, and we have had zero foreclosures.
2. Our new 16-home energy efficient development — Heritage Oaks. Securing funding for land, infrastructure and the first five homes. Completing two LEED-certified and our first Net-Zero energy-efficient home in 2012.
3. In 2012, achieved a “tipping point” of sustainability in which all of our overhead and operational costs are covered by our two sustainable revenue sources (The ReStore and our homeowner monthly mortgage payments). This allows us to use 100 percent of our donor dollars towards serving families directly.
List the biggest challenges you face:.
1. Lack of support and advocacy for affordable housing at the state and federal level — we are not government funded; however, effective legislation and awareness does help increase Habitat’s ability to provide affordable homeownership in our community.
2. Rising costs of land, infrastructure and construction materials.
3. Government fees — the high cost of permits, oversight, new requirements and regulations — over 30 percent of each home.
What is your No. 1 short-term goal for the next year?
To raise enough funds to build another four affordable homes in 2013.
What is your No. 1 long-term goal for the next three years?
To increase our capacity to consistently serve four to five new families by building or rehabbing four to five homes each year, along with expanding into community improvement and revitalization programs.
What are your major fundraisers and dates?
Benefit concert in late spring/early summer; Street of Dreams annual auction and dinner event the first or second Friday in October.
What is the best way a person interested in your organization could help?
Becoming an advocate for affordable homeownership — letting our local community know that poverty housing is a local crisis and Habitat for Humanity is providing a permanent solution positively impacting the community and families for generations, and by making a financial investment by making a cash or in-kind donation of new construction materials or services.
How your organization has benefitted the community:
Through our ReStore operation in the last several years, we have kept millions of tons of materials out of the local landfill. By providing pick up and drop off for new, used and overstocked construction materials and many other items, we have saved the community money and provided a large-scale reuse and recycling service. The ReStore expanded its retail space from 8,000 to 20,000 square feet and increased sales by 400 percent over the last two years and is helping more and more residents save money on their own home improvements.
A Nevada County Habitat for Humanity family cuts the ribbon on the day of their home dedication ceremony