Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity constructs simple, decent, affordable homes and sells them at cost to working families who are at or below 60 percent of the median household income and who live in substandard rental housing.
The Community Need
There is not enough affordable housing for low-income working Vermont families in our community. More than half of the renters in Chittenden County lack affordable housing, because there arenít enough rental properties and this results in high rent costs. This shortage of rental properties unfortunately means that some landlords donít maintain their properties. As a result, many families live in apartments with unsafe electrical and plumbing services, mold, poor insulation and high energy bills. As rents increase, or the rental properties are sold, families often have to move.
The median cost to buy a house in Chittenden County is $261,000, far out of reach of low-income working families. Their paychecks go to rent, utility bills, food, childcare and health care, leaving little to save for a down payment. They donít qualify for conventional mortgages because their incomes are too low, so they are forced to stay in substandard rental housing.
Who We Help
In order to qualify for a GMHfH home, a family must have an income of less than 60 percent of the median income in our community, must be living in substandard housing and must complete 400 sweat equity hours helping to build their home or working at the Habitat ReStore.
Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity builds decent, simple and energy-efficient homes and sells them at cost to low-income families who have been living in substandard rental housing. We are able to keep the cost of the home as low as possible for our partner families by depending on volunteers to help build the houses, to work with our staff of three and to help at our Habitat ReStore.
We must raise all of our funding locally and receive NO funding from Habitat for Humanity International. We are funded by:
Local donations from individuals and grants
Mortgage payments from our current Partner Families
Revenue from the Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Williston.
We use funding to purchase land, purchase building materials and hire any needed tradespeople to build the homes. We have built 66 homes in Chittenden County since our inception in 1984 and want to build more to meet the need in our community.
By providing the opportunity for lower income working families to own a safe, energy-efficient home, GMHfH is providing a permanent solution to substandard housing, one Habitat family at a time.
Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity ReStore
To provide an ongoing source of revenue, we opened the Green Mountain Habitat ReStore, on Route 2A in Williston two years ago. The ReStore is a thrift store which accepts donated new or gently used furniture, housewares, appliances, cabinets and building supplies and sells them to the public. The revenue earned helps us to build more houses, and keeps usable items out of our area landfills.
Homeownership Helps Families in Our Community
This ìhand-upî to a home of their own enables families to leave substandard housing, move into a safe and energy-efficient home, establish or improve their credit rating, provide a positive model for their children and break the cycle of poverty. Children who live in a stable, safe home are more successful in school, and have fewer behavioral and emotional challenges.
When you attend the Vermont Fall Home Show, please consider making a donation to Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity!