Building Hope in Douglas & Jefferson Counties
Since 1989 we have built more than 100 homes in Douglas County and repaired dozens of homes through our Aging in Place program in Douglas and Jefferson counties. We are proud to build strong and stable neighborhoods by building strong and stable homes. We believe that to break the cycle of poverty, low and medium income families need their income spent on housing to serve two purposes: provide a decent, affordable place to raise a family and build wealth through home ownership.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Lawrence Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Lawrence Habitat for Humanity seeks to be a partner and catalyst in building a community where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Lawrence Habitat brings people together not only as a way to deliver a product -- improved housing -- but as an essential process for building hope and belief that healthier communities are achievable and beneficial for all.
What We Do & How We Do It
How Does Habitat Operate?
Lawrence Habitat for Humanity provides simple, decent, affordable housing for low-to-moderate income families in Douglas and Jefferson Counties. We offer a hand up, not a hand out. Our homeownership journey is a long process that begins with 200 hours of sweat equity and continues throughout a no-interest 25-30 year mortgage.
How are partner families selected?
Qualified applicants must have lived and/or worked in Douglas or Jefferson Counties for at least one year and must meet three criteria: need, ability to pay, and a willingness to partner. You can find out more about becoming a homeowner here.
Why Housing Matters
The need for affordable housing is immense, and the lasting impact it can have on families is undeniable. A safe, decent, and affordable home offers families and individuals the opportunity to take care of themselves and build their own futures.
An estimated 42% of children live in households that struggle to meet routine expenses like food, rent or mortgage, car payments, and medical bills. Paired with an unprecedented pandemic, many families right here in our community are struggling with tough situations. More than ever, in this time of uncertainty, our work at Lawrence Habitat is desperately needed because every child deserves the security that comes from living in a stable, safe home.
Every January, the Lawrence Habitat Board of Directors and staff participate in a strategic planning session to identify areas of focus for the upcoming calendar year. These organizational strategies and priorities guide our team to best utilize our resources, time, and talent to serve the community.
Along with our strategies and priorities for the upcoming year, we are proud to provide a quick look at our 2020 funding and expenditures. This review is a simple opportunity for us to share how your investment has made an impact in the community.