Columbia County Habitat for Humanity’s Vision
A community where safe, affordable housing is available to everyone.
Columbia County Habitat for Humanity’s Mission
We transform lives of lower-income working families by building safe, sustainable and affordable homes, working in partnership with qualified families, community volunteers, local organizations and area businesses.
Columbia County Habitat for Humanity’s Values
• We believe that safe, decent, and affordable housing is a basic human right.
• We believe that collaborative work is central to our mission and honors the worth and dignity of all.
• We believe that diversity is integral to our organization and seek to include all people and efforts who share our vision.
• We believe that humanity is demonstrated through action and partnership with people of all faiths and beliefs.
Columbia County Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1993. Our first home was built in Chatham and subsequent housing has transformed lives and landscapes in Copake, Valatie and Hudson, the only city in Columbia County. We have served 18 working families – 82 individuals, including 50 children. In 2009 we opened our ReStore. Over 9,000 hours a year are contributed by volunteers on construction sites and at the ReStore.
We’re now working on our 17th and 18th homes, the seventh and eighth on Columbia Street in Hudson. These townhouses, like the first Columbia Passive Townhouses built in 2012-13, have been designed to incorporate energy-saving, high performance Passive House technology and building materials. We’ve adopted high performance building practices to ensure that our homes are not only affordable initially for our partner families but are also economically sustainable for the long term. The Columbia Passive Townhouses are saving their families 90% in overall energy use and costs and 70% in heating consumption, which will be true for the life of the homes.
Since our founding, Columbia County Habitat has returned $2 million of developed property to tax rolls. We’ve purchased more than $1.5 million in local goods and services. In 2013, we expanded the ReStore, which is expected to generate $50,000 in proceeds to support our construction programs in 2015. More than 10,000 shoppers visit the ReStore every year.
Habitat for Humanity International
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Habitat for Humanity International (HFH) and its affiliated organizations will not proselytize. Nor will HFH work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with HFH. This means that HFH 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.
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