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At Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity, every hand helps and every gift empowers. There are so many ways to help us build homes, communities & hope in Ada County. Honor a loved one with a tribute gift, pledge your birthday and ask your social media friends to donate, or host your very own fundraiser for Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity.

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Change happens when people work together. Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity improves the quality of life for Ada County families by creating opportunities for affordable homeownership, preserving homeownership through critical home repairs and engaging the community in clean-ups and beautification projects.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with God and our community to provide decent, affordable homes and to promote responsible homeownership for people in need.

Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity is a sustainable organization. Our administrative functions (salaries, operating expenses) are funded through homeowner mortgage payments and retail sales from ReStore. Building (includes land purchase, development and construction) and other program costs are funded via individual donors, special events, sponsorships and grants. Habitat has received government grants over the years, but we do not rely on government funding to operate.

There are numerous ways to invest in the Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity mission. Certainly, the easiest is to go online to make a donation at Donate | Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity (hfhboise.org). A great way to easily support Habitat is to become a monthly Hope Builder member (which gives you some special benefits as well). We also accept donations of stocks and bonds, real estate, vehicles and other items of value. And, certainly, we are most appreciative when you name us in your will or trust. Please contact Jim Phelps to learn more, (208) 331-2916.

Those interested in becoming a Habitat homeowner must go through a rigorous qualification process. Boise Valley Habitat builds homes in partnership with those in need according to criteria that does not discriminate based on race, creed, or ethnic background. Thus, we do not give favorable preference to refugees or minority groups. When Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity is ready to accept new applicants, notices are posted in various media, including social. There are three criteria they must meet: 1) Housing need based on current suitability of present housing; 2) Current income and ability to pay for a Habitat home; and 3) Willingness to partner with Habitat. If someone believes they meet these criteria, they must then complete an extensive application that includes proof of income, income tax returns, employment and housing history. With respect to partnering, they must commit up to 500 hours of “sweat equity”. This typically takes 6-9 months to complete.

There are numerous ways to support Habitat as a volunteer. The most obvious way, of course, is to help with construction. But we always need volunteers at ReStore, our events (like Evening in the Garden), in the office, on a committee, and with fundraising. We have numerous committees where expertise is often very helpful and most appreciated. Go to Volunteer | Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity (hfhboise.org) to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Yes! Our two ReStore locations in Boise (10537 W Overland Road and 4716 W State Street) are owned and operated by Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity. ReStore sells new and gently used furniture, appliances, building materials, and more. ReStore accepts donations of these same items and can even pick-up furniture and other hard to move items. Volunteering, donating, and certainly purchasing from ReStore is another great way to support the Habitat mission!

There are a couple of ways to get more information. First, go to our website, Boise Habitat For Humanity (hfhboise.org). Feel free to give us a call, especially if you have specific questions about getting involved or making a donation. Call us at (208) 331-2916.

No, and no. While it is possible that at some time during their lives they may have experienced homelessness, Habitat homeowners are typically hard-working families who are employed and housed. Most often they live in expensive, sub-standard, and even unhealthy rental housing.

Habitat homes are not free. Homeowners pay a mortgage, property taxes, and are responsible for any repairs to their home. All the homes built by Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity are built using all-volunteer labor, so the homeowner’s mortgage typically is for the value of the materials. This enables them to have an affordable mortgage payment that is no more than 30% of their gross monthly income. Additionally, mortgages are offered at 0% interest, which is a major factor in keeping payments reasonable.

Boise Valley Habitat has a robust sponsorship program with several options. Sponsorship can include teambuilding volunteer opportunities for employees; opportunities to align with the universally respected Habitat brand; and make a significant difference in the quality of life in Ada County. Sponsorship opportunities include Home Builds, Home Repairs, Children’s Playhouses, and Events. For more information go to Sponsors & Partners | Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity (hfhboise.org).

Boise Valley Habitat has built 80 homes with 316 children and 97 families. However, in transforming renters into homeowners that pay property taxes, all Ada County residents benefit from the homes built by Habitat. Habitat homeowners have paid well over $1 million in property taxes since our founding.

Yes! Boise Valley Habitat has an aging in place program that helps older individuals of lesser means remain safely in their homes. This help includes making simple but important repairs like adding an accessibility ramp or making fall prevention modifications in bathrooms. We also help Veterans, people with disabilities, and anyone who is a homeowner that earns less than 80% of the median Ada County income. For more information go to Home Repairs Program | Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity (hfhboise.org).

Habitat for Humanity International was founded as a faith-based organization. Habitat is ecumenical in its mission, welcoming people of all faiths to join our purpose of building homes with deserving, hard-working families. Boise Valley Habitat has partnered with local faith communities to care for the housing needs of local families and further the Habitat mission, while also partnering with any community organization or business that aligns with those values.

Your partnership builds homes.

Your partnership transforms lives. The Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity staff, volunteers and most of all—the families we serve—sincerely thank our generous sponsors for their contribution.

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