Nevada County Habitat for Humanity

CNL Member since  2006

Family cutting their ribbon on the day of their home dedication ceremony

Family cutting their ribbon on the day of their home dedication ceremony

Visit Website:  nchabitat.org

Contact Email: info@nchabitat.org

 Founded: 1995

 Purpose: To provide affordable homeownership opportunities in partnership with hard-working local families.

 

Funding:
We have a diverse portfolio of income.  All funds are raised by our local affiliate through sustainable revenue generation from our ReStore and homeowner mortgages and through fund development efforts including nationally competitive grants, businesses and individual donors and fundraising events.

How we have benefited from being a member of CNL:
Expertise, education, knowledge and networking have been invaluable to the growth and development of our organization including our board.  Through our participation in CNL we have developed stronger professional relationships and achieved more visibility and support from the community.

How our organization has benefited the community:

 Young child of a soon to be homeowner excited to point out which bedroom will be his.

Young child of a soon to be homeowner excited to point out which bedroom will be his.

Each year we contribute to the local economy by “importing cash” from outside the community. Simply put, this means Habitat is raising money outside Nevada County and spending it locally.  Because of our connection to the national Habitat organization, and the good reputation the Habitat name affords, we have had access to Habitat specific, nationally competitive grant opportunities.  Habitat’s affordable homeownership program launched a brand new 16 home development in 2010.  The land, infrastructure and home construction budget is approximately $3.5 million.  With the land paid for, the infrastructure and 5 homes complete, the project is right is on track with over $1.4 million raised and spent so far.  Of that first $1.5 million, 70% ($1M) was raised outside Nevada County and 97% ($1.4M) was spent in Nevada County.  Additionally, every single homeowner is paying property taxes, their children are attending local schools and they are purchasing local services.  

On top of the economic benefits, Habitat is the only organization in our community with the mission of providing sustainable, affordable, homeownership opportunities for hard working, low income families.  When more families can afford a safe roof over their heads, the entire community benefits and thrives.

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 sq. ft. and increased sales by 400% over the last 2 years, and is helping more and more residents save money on their own home improvements.