Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County was established in 1989 by 12 area churches as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. We are a non-profit 501-c-3, faith based, volunteer driven organization dedicated to eliminating sub-standard housing. We are one of eight Habitat affiliates in metropolitan Houston.
Since its inception Habitat Northwest Harris County (NWHC) has built more than 160 homes, providing housing for more than 650 individuals. As of 2011 Habitat NWHC has built 5 subdivisions: Carrell Manor, Cherie Cove, Lancaster, Hampton Place and Hamill Ranch. Construction commenced in February 2012 on our sixth subdivision, Hamill Crossing. When completed, Hamill Crossing will house 46 families.
However, our focus goes beyond just building houses; we are building communities that stress the well being and future of the families who live in Habitat homes. We are committed to doing what we can to help these families be successful in their new neighborhoods. In many of our neighborhoods we have helped develop community Home Owner Associations and community centers. Our newest neighborhood, Hamill Ranch will have a community center build in partnership with the BeHive Houston which focuses on afterschool programing.
Habitat NWHC does not give homes away; we partner with families looking for a ‘hand-up’ and help them build their new home. A typical Habitat home is 3 bedrooms, 1 ½ baths and contains about 1120 square feet. We have probably constructed more duplexes than any other Habitat affiliate in the country. However, with the construction of our two newest communities, Lancaster, Hamill Ranch and Hamill Crossing, we have begun building single family homes on individual slabs.
In 2004 Habitat NWHC opened its building supply resale store, the ReStore. It has two main goals: generate a profit that can be used to build additional Habitat homes and help the environment by recycling used items that would probably otherwise go to local landfills. The store handles building materials, construction products, appliances and furniture and is open to the general public from 10am to 6pm Wednesday through Saturday. Donations of gently used items are always in need.
In 2008 the ReStore opened its Deconstruction and Trader’s Village projects. Deconstruction is the hand demolition of buildings in the reverse order of their construction in order to carefully remove materials for reuse and recycling. This technique reduces the disposal of materials into landfills, and provides materials to resale in our ReStore. If you have any Deconstruction projects arise, please keep us in mind. Trader’s Village is Houston’s largest flea market. The ReStore has a sales outlet location at Trader’s Village that is open on a regular basis.