Habitat for Humanity of Missoula is a non-profit, ecumenical, Christian housing ministry dedicated to the elimination of poverty housing in our community. The Missoula affiliate was established in 1991, and since then we have constructed 51 homes in the area. We will be working on our 52nd and 53rd homes during the 2017 building season.
Habitat works with low-income Missoula families, offering an opportunity for them to sign a no-interest mortgage on a quality, affordable home. These families typically make between 40 to 60 percent of Missoula’s median income and usually don’t qualify for traditional loans. Each of our partner families are required to contribute 500 hours of sweat equity to help construct their homes and the homes of others. Two-hundred fifty hours must be contributed by the homeowner themselves but the other 250 hours can be donated by family and friends. They also complete several financial training classes to improve their financial skills and to understand the home buying process. With Habitat’s “hand-UP, not a hand-out” program, these families have a chance to realize the American dream of home ownership instead of remaining renters for the rest of their lives.
It is the dedication of Habitat’s many volunteers that make these homes possible. Volunteers come from interested individuals and a wide variety of groups, including churches, businesses, civic groups, athletic teams, and other organizations. In addition, many people volunteer on a regular basis during the week. Learn how you can get involved
Habitat homes are funded with local donations and grants. Our most recent audit confirmed that 90 percent of financial donations to Habitat for Humanity of Missoula are spent on program services, buying land, constructing homes, and nurturing our partner families. Only 10 percent was spent on management and fundraising. Habitat for Humanity of Missoula does not receive any federal funding or funds from Habitat International.
We are truly a local non-profit. The community contributes the money to buy materials for the homes. The homes are built by local volunteers, with materials and assistance from local construction businesses, and local families buy them. By completing this cycle, Habitat offers the stability of homeownership to local families, contributing to improved child development, a more stable family life, citizens that are more invested in their communities, and safer, more stable neighborhoods.