Our Mission: Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, community, and hope.
Why we exist: As a result of rising housing costs, stagnant or falling incomes among the poor and working classes, and a lack of federal housing assistance, many families currently spend over half of their income on housing costs, leaving these already vulnerable populations at even greater risk of eviction. This problem is especially prevalent amongst single mothers and members of minority groups (Desmond, 2015).
Habitat for Humanity is uniquely situated to address the unmet need of housing for low income families in Northwest Arkansas. We know that as families are provided with the stability of a safe, affordable home, they become healthier and have better education and job prospects. These outcomes are demonstrated not only in the immediate generation, but in following generations, thus breaking the cycle of poverty.
We also know that change doesn't happen over night. Habitat is committed to building lasting partnerships between the community, supporters, and the families that we serve by working to address low-income housing needs in Northwest Arkansas.
Through private funding and volunteer help, we are working together... to build a better community.
How we help: Offering hope and dignity to those living in substandard housing would not be possible without the help of our many equitable & accountable partnerships. Through private funding and volunteer labor, we are working together with the people of Washington County to build a better community. One family at a time. One home at a time.
Habitat for Humanity has built 52 homes in 25 years wth an additional two in progress and another two set to begin this fall and early 2018. To receive a home, families go through a rigorous selection process that includes a thorough background check and credit report. Prior to receiving their home, the family must also complete 300-400 hours of "sweat equity." This time is accumulated by working at the Habitat ReStore, attending home/budget education seminars, and working to build homes for other families before building their own. Once complete, the family purchases their home from Habitat for Humanity with a non-interest-bearing loan, and all mortgage payments go into the "Revolving Fund for Humanity." These funds, along with funds raised in the Habitat ReStore, support our organization, making it possible for all other donations to go directly into home building projects.
... experts draw a straight line between housing quality and the well-being of children.
Impact: Studies conducted by academics and experts draw a straight line between housing quality and the well-being of children. Surveys of Habitat homeowners show improved grades, better financial health, parents who are more confident in meeting their family’s needs. That is exactly what we need to build a better Washington County.
1421 East 15th Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Your donation to Habitat for Humanity of Washington County will help families break the cycle of poverty and build long-term financial security. With an affordable, stable home, families have more to spend on food, medicine, child care, education and other essentials. They become healthier, have better educational opportunities, and better job prospects. Your support can help us do more in all the many ways that Habitat builds.