Empowering people to empower themselves.
Our Mission Statement
Putting God’s love into action, Skagit Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, community, and hope.
Skagit Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Skagit Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
All are welcome
Skagit Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide.
Local citizens formed Skagit Habitat for Humanity (SHFH) in 1994.
Skagit Habitat's first home was completed in Mount Vernon
in December of 1995. A second home was completed in Conway
in 1996, and a third was completed in 1998 in Sedro-Woolley.
In 1998, Skagit Habitat began the construction on an eight-home
neighborhood called Habitat Place, in cooperation with
chosen Partner Families and volunteers, on donated property
in Mount Vernon. This neighborhood, located at North 29th
Place just off East Division Street in Mount Vernon, was
completed in 2001.
In 2002, Skagit Habitat completed a new home in La Conner,
our first-ever home built for someone with physical limitations.
In 2004-2005, we completed three new homes on Blackberry
Drive in Mount Vernon, two of which were for people with
In 2006, we initiated work on another new house in the
town of La Conner, which was completed in March 2007.
In 2007 we completed Melissa Sanchez's home in La Conner and have since started Alma Garibay's home right next door.
2008 we completed and dedicated a home for Alma Garibay
in La Conner, and a home for Jose and Araceli Soto
2009, we completed our first-ever SHFH Women Build house
for the Martinez family, and they moved in just before
June 2010, we completed the Fisher house in Sedro-Woolley,
and then just before Christmas 2010, we completed
the Thrivent Builds house with the Avalos family. In August 2011, we completed another house in Mount Vernon, and in Sedro-Woolley in April 2012, we dedicated house number 25.
Skagit Habitat for Humanity is partnering with Home Trust of Skagit to build five homes in La Conner. The first two homes are a duplex unit and they were dedicated in April 2013.
2014 was a significant year for SHFH: we celebrated 20 years in Skagit County and dedicated our 28th home, in La Conner's Channel Cove development. This was a single family home and was our third in this development. We also broke ground in January for our second duplex in Channel Cove to house another two families.
Through our Habitat Helpers program, Skagit Habitat has also provided home rehabs, minor home repairs,
and/or ADA upgrades and wheelchair ramps for more than a dozen local Partner Family homeowners in
Habitat for Humanity homes are built by the Partner
Families and volunteers from the local
costs are close to zero for Habitat houses. As the
builder and the mortgage-holder, Habitat is then
able to sell our homes to families in need for the
cost of land and materials.
Individuals, churches, businesses, and civic associations
donate building materials, services, and money to initially
construct our Habitat homes. No government monies are used
to build Habitat for Humanity houses.
Habitat homes are sold at no profit to Partner Families
in need, financed with affordable, no-interest mortgages.
Each monthly mortgage payment made by a Skagit Habitat
homeowner is put into a revolving fund that is then used
to build more houses. In this way, families that work with
Habitat will in turn help additional local families to
build their own home, and so on.