Willamette West Habitat for Humanity
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About Willamette West Habitat

Who We Are

Willamette West Habitat for Humanity is your independent, local Habitat for Humanity office.  We are part of a global, nonprofit housing organization that seeks to put God's love into action by building homes, communities and hope.   Willamette West Habitat for Humanity 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.  We were 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
Willamette West Habitat for Humanity 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.

The Need for Affordable Housing
Every day in Washington County, low-income, hard-working families struggle to find affordable places to live.  Rapidly rising rents force these families to live in unsafe, unhealthy and crowded conditions.  These families often have to move once or twice a year in search of rents that stay within their reach.  Because of this, children transfer from school to school, affecting their learning and their self-esteem.

The American dream of homeownership is seen as simply unattainable, due to the skyrocketing home prices and little change in incomes of hard-working families.

 

Our Mission

Our work to generating homeownership and benefiting our community by building simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with these families has resulted in over 40 families permanently escaping poverty housing. We believe in this mission, because we have seen first-hand how affordable homeownership impacts families, children, and communities.

  • Families have a chance to experience stability, build equity wealth, and have something tangible to pass on to their children.
  • Children are healthier and safer. They do better in school, have higher self-esteem, and feel more hopeful toward their future.
  • Communities are improved, as homeowners tend to be more active in their communities than renters and pay into the Washington County tax base.

Willamette West Habitat for Humanity does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, age, handicap, religion, marital status, or because any portion of an applicant's income is derived from public assistance programs. Willamette West Habitat for Humanity is an equal opportunity employer.

Our Organization

Willamette West Habitat for Humanity is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  

Members of the Willamette West Habitat for Humanity board of directors volunteer their time and expertise to further our mission to eliminate substandard housing in Washington County. The board of directors operates independently of Habitat for Humanity International and in accordance with its own set of bylaws.  

Board members meet monthly and participate in an annual full-day planning retreat. Their work includes:

  • Overseeing our programs & monitoring our progress in achieving our mission,
  • Engaging in strategic planning,
  • Approving and monitoring our budget,
  • Reviewing our annual, independent financial audit, and
  • Ensuring that the organization has the resources it needs to carry out its work
Interested in being on a Committee or joining the Board of Directors? View our Brochure
Our Relationship to Habitat for Humanity International

Willamette West Habitat is your independent local office of Habitat for Humanity International.  Habitat is a worldwide, grass-roots movement. There are more than 2,100 active affiliates in 100 countries, including all 50 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. Use the Habitat for Humanity International affiliate search to find Habitat affiliates in other areas.

Concerned citizens from all walks of life come together as volunteers to form a Habitat affiliate in their community. Fundraising, house construction, family selection and other key decisions are carried out by the local affiliates. Habitat for Humanity International provides information, training, support and other services to Habitat affiliates worldwide. 

Our Mission Vision

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Our Mission Statement

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

Financial Results for FY 2015

2015 Financial Results

Willamette West Habitat for Humanity’s auditors, Hoffman, Stewart & Schmidt P.C., have expressed an unqualified opinion on our June 30, 2015 financial statements.  Those financial statements included associated notes that are essential to understanding the information presented here.  The full set of statements and notes is available in the FY 2016 Audit.

Willamette West 2015 Annual Report

FY 2016 990

Our Commitment

We are committed to using our funds wisely in pursuit of providing homeownership opportunities for hardworking families in need.  For each dollar spent, 85 cents goes to program activities. We respect the rights of our donors, whose support gives us the means to succeed.

Homeowner Impact Survey

This purpose of this study is to examine and highlight the ways in which partner households’ lives are enriched by a Habitat home and possible benefits, such as education, health, safety, employment, financial stability, sense of community and change in governmental assistance.

Download Homeowner Impact Survey (PDF)