Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento serves Sacramento and Yolo counties with a mission of bringing people together to build and repair homes, communities and hope. “Habitat was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child have a simple, decent and affordable home to live in with dignity and safety,” says President and CEO Leah Miller.
Our community’s housing crisis can be seen and felt everywhere. Rent in Sacramento is 10% higher this year than last year and is growing at double the national average. Sacramento needs 58,383 more affordable homes for low-income families to meet demand.
“Our area has an affordable housing crisis and devastating homelessness,” Miller says. “Habitat creates opportunities for low-income families, seniors and veterans to have a safe, decent and affordable place to call home and build equity. We build by bringing people together.”
“Habitat was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child have a simple, decent and affordable home to live in with dignity and safety,” says Leah Miller President & CEO
In our community, Habitat engages 2,500 volunteers who provide 20,000 hours of support every year in addition to financial donations. Through this support, families gaining an affordable home are given a hand up, not a handout, through building their home with 500 sweat-equity hours and purchasing the home with a zero-interest mortgage.
“Habitat homes are built with generous donations of money, materials and labor,” Miller says. “Since 1985, we’ve built or repaired nearly 300 homes throughout Sacramento and Yolo counties.” Currently under construction in Sacramento is Habitat’s second-largest development, Mandolin Estates, which will contain 13 homes to house 60 individuals, including 40 kids.
“We have big projects on the horizon, including Cornerstone, an 18-home development that will house 90 individuals, including 60 kids,” Miller says. “We’re eager to continue to make a bigger impact with potential projects in communities we haven’t had the opportunity to build in before.”