Habitat brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope, and envisions a world where everyone has a decent place to live within our service area and around the world.
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
About Habitat Locally
Locally, in Summit & Wasatch Counties, Utah, Habitat’s vision is to create healthy, vibrant communities where we live and work. We work in partnership to build vibrant neighborhoods with affordable housing.
Founded in 1995 as a 501c (3) nonprofit organization, Habitat for Humanity of Summit & Wasatch Counties, Utah (“Habitat”) is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization
Habitat 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 – ultimately creating pathways to economic stability.
Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, affordable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. Habitat is the only provider of this unique and needed combination of program services in the rural-agricultural and tourism-based communities along the eastern slopes of the Wasatch Mountains.
All are welcome
Habitat 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.
Policy on non-proselytizing
This policy applies to Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations (HFH). The purpose of the policy is:
- To provide internal and external clarity regarding HFH’s approach to humanitarian aid and development assistance as a Christian ministry
- To ensure alignment with recognized international standards on acceptable humanitarian aid and development assistance practices
Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations (HFH) will not proselytize. Nor will HFH work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with HFH. This means that HFH will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must (i) adhere to or convert to a particular faith or (ii) listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.
Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry dedicated to a vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. HFH conducts its programs in ways that are sensitive and respectful to the cultural context and the local faith community and reflect our belief that all are created in God’s image and deserve to be treated without discrimination.
Globally, faith-based organizations from all religions approach their work with a range of motivations that inform their development approach. This policy is intended to ensure that HFH conforms to recognized global standards that clearly state that agencies may not condition the receipt of assistance or participation in their work on any requirement that people listen and respond to a message intended to induce people to join a religious movement, political party, or other cause or organization.
HFHI’s motivation is to unite people around the concept of “putting God’s love into action” along with others from all faiths or with no faith convictions who are interested in helping those in need of improved shelter.
About Habitat For Humanity International
Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped more than 9.8 million people obtain a safer place to sleep along with with the strength, stability and independence to build better lives.
Local Housing Needs & Who We Serve
Imagine your child’s dedicated teacher, an innovator in education who works 10 hours each day. She drives 1. 5 hours to and from work and is priced out of housing locally, even with her $60,000 annual salary. As a result, she is applying for teaching jobs in Salt Lake so that she too can enjoy her family. What if your local firefighters, bus drivers, and snow-plow operators can’t get to work in the winter? They, like thousands in our local workforce are driving long distances to work in our area simply because they can’t afford to live nearby. Is this the future that we envision? A future where only the high earners can afford to live in the area and the workforce must commute long distances to provide essential services?
There is a void in housing services in Summit & Wasatch Counties that is proliferating deficiencies on three fronts: Pent up demand of at least 1,000 affordable home ownership units, deferred maintenance of moderately valued owner occupied housing stock, and lack of community outreach and a local point of access for housing education and advocacy.
Habitat’s Program Services provide a viable path to affordable home ownership and home preservation for those not earning the full area median income and Habitat is the only housing agency along the Wasatch back providing this combination of services that includes education and family support, serving people whose incomes fall between 30% and 60% of the local area median income.