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Our Story

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 several Habitat affiliates in metropolitan Houston.

Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County will not proselytize, nor will Habitat work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with us.  This means that Habitat Northwest Harris County will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

Since our inception we have built more than 230 homes, providing housing for more than 900 individuals.  As of 2016, Habitat Northwest Harris County has completed six projects: Carroll Manor (49 homes), Cherie Cove (54 homes), Lancaster (12 homes), Hampton Place (34 homes), Hamill Ranch (42 homes), and Hamill Crossing (47 homes).  Construction commenced on our on our seventh project in the Fairfax Village subdivision in the Spring of 2016.  When completed, 21 homeowners will join the Fairfax Village neighborhood.  In 2014, in an effort to continue to promote quality, affordable housing, Habitat Northwest Harris County committed to expand our mission to include home repair projects for deserving families that qualify under our strict guidelines.  We have now completed over a dozen projects helping families all across the Northwest Harris County area.

Our focus, however, goes beyond just building and repairing homes; we are building communities that stress the well-being and future of the families who live in Habitat homes.  We are committed to offering education and training to equip our homeowners with the necessary skills needed to be successful in their neighborhoods.  In an effort to empower our homeowners, Habitat Northwest Harris County does not give homes and repairs away.  We partner with homebuyers and homeowners looking for a ‘hand-up’ and help them build their new home or repair their existing one.  A typical Habitat house is a modest 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home designed with affordability and sustainability in mind.  During their time partnering with us, homeowners learn how to maintain their home and how to budget for the accompanying expenses.

In 2004 our affiliate opened its home improvement resale store, the ReStore.

ReStore has two main goals: generate revenue that can be used to build additional Habitat homes and help the environment by repurposing material that would probably otherwise go to local landfills.  The store handles building materials, home décor, appliances and furniture and is open to the general public.  Donations of new, surplus, and reclaimed items in excellent condition are always in need and greatly appreciated.  Most recently, the ReStore has gone beyond simply recycling and reselling materials.  In 2016, it began providing new, all-wood cabinets for every new Habitat home in Northwest Harris County.

The ReStore Deconstruction Division was launched in 2008 in response to many inquiries about how to donate both whole houses and “pieces “of houses.  Deconstruction is the dismantling of buildings by hand in the reverse order of construction to carefully remove materials for reuse and recycling.  This technique reduces the impact on the local environment by keeping large quantities of material out of landfills and also provides material to resell in our ReStore.  In addition, in 2016, Deconstruction projects started supplying our very own Habitat homes with the bricks needed for construction.  As a result, your Deconstructed home can now live on for years providing much needed shelter for our Habitat homeowners!  If you have any Deconstruction projects arise, please keep us in mind.

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