Habitat for Humanity Idaho Falls Area

Vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Mission: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Habitat for Humanity Idaho Falls Area

Habitat for Humanity Idaho Falls Area is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity Idaho Falls Area is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

All Are Welcome
Habitat for Humanity Idaho Falls Area has an open-door policy: 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.

A Brief History of Habitat for Humanity Idaho Falls Area
Since its incorporation in 1994, Habitat for Humanity Idaho Falls Area Habitat for Humanity Idaho Falls Area has served 35 families throughout the Idaho Falls and Ashton areas. Habitat new construction and repairing of homes has been made possible with the help of Habitat partner families, individual volunteers and volunteer groups from area churches, businesses, civic organization and schools.

The cost of purchasing and owning a Habitat home is kept low through the use of volunteer labor during the construction process, no-interest mortgage payments and building to Energy Star standards. The typical new construction Habitat home has 1000-1060 square feet of finished living space which includes 2-3 bedrooms and 1 bath. To maximize the affordability to purchase a Habitat home there is no profit included in the sale of the house and no interest charged on Habitat mortgages. Additionally, by incorporating low maintenance building practices and building to Energy Star standards, the ongoing cost of homeownership is also reduced for Habitat families.

Habitat for Humanity Idaho Falls Area serves low income families earning between 25% and 50% of the median income. The family selection process is activated as needed two to three times a year. It is the family selection committee’s responsibility to review and choose families based on their need, their willingness to become partners in the program and their ability to repay the no-interest mortgage. The Habitat homeownership program is open to all people, regardless of race, color, sex, creed, familial status, disability or national origin.

In 2010 Habitat for Humanity Idaho Falls Area board of directors set a goal to increase the affiliate’s capacity to build new construction homes from one a year to a minimum of four a year by 2014. With the aid of a capacity building grant and the dedicated effort by the board, staff and volunteers the affiliate is met this goal by serving five families in 2014.

Early in 2012, Habitat for Humanity Idaho Falls was notified that our affiliate would be the recipients of 20% of the Kurt and Genola Kandler Trust Funds. This funding, anticipated to be in excess of one million dollars, is being directed to be used for the benefit of the residents of Fremont, Madison, Jefferson and Teton counties in Idaho. Because building new construction homes would not necessarily meet the housing needs of these communities, Habitat Idaho Falls has embraced Habitat for Humanity International’s neighborhood revitalization initiative. Habitat’s NRI goal is to offer an expanded array of housing products enabling our affiliate to serve the housing needs of additional families throughout our expanded five county service area.

Funding for Habitat for Humanity Idaho Falls Area projects comes from multiple sources:
1. Partner families' mortgage payments are deposited into a fund to support the building of additional houses.
2. ReStore profits are used to cover 100% of our affiliate's operational expenses.
3. Sponsorships to cover the material costs of building homes come from public and private agencies.
4. Grants from non-profit, government and corporate sponsors supplement Habitat's sponsorship and internal funding streams.
5. The Genola and Kurt Kandler Trust Funds are being used to expand our service area into the Upper Snake River Valley.
6. In-kind donations of materials and professional labor significantly reduce the hard costs of Habitat projects

Habitat Idaho Falls Area is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International®, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. We are a volunteer-based affiliate and invite people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build homes together in partnership with families in need. We rely on and are grateful for the committed long term support of the Idaho Falls community.

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.