Since 1984 Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity has helped to change the lives of local families by constructing simple, decent and affordable housing. We are an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International that serves Chittenden County, Vermont. Together with our two chapters, one in Franklin Grand Isle and another in Lamoille Counties, we support families throughout northwest Vermont buy affordable homes.
Green Mountain Habitat’s Mission
The mission for Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity:
Construct simple, decent, affordable houses in partnership with families who currently live in substandard and unsafe conditions and who have found it impossible to obtain a home through conventional means.
- Sell these homes to partner families at no profit to Habitat and without interest. Reinvest the mortgage payments to build more decent, simple, affordable homes.
- Provide a means for members of the community to donate time, money or materials toward homes for those in need.
- Tithe a small percentage of unrestricted donations to support the work of Habitat for Humanity International in Guiana, South America.
- Work with people of good conscience and organizations with interests similar to those of Habitat to raise awareness of housing issues so that eventually everyone in the world has an opportunity to own a simple, decent, affordable place to live.
How Habitat Works
Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity utilizes innovation and partnerships to approach the challenge of providing affordable homeownership opportunities to low-income families. We are part construction company, part lender, and part social service agency. Our homes are built primary with volunteer labor and donated funds and materials. Families selected to own the homes contribute up to 400 hours of “sweat equity” alongside volunteers during construction. Then the homes are sold at cost to the family at a 0% interest mortgage. These payments are then reinvested into a revolving fund over 30 years that help build the next house – and the next and the next.
While serving as an affiliate of Habitat International, Green Mountain raises funds autonomously for our homes in Chittenden County. Unlike other national organizations, Habitat for Humanity International does not require affiliates to pay membership fees or association costs. Rather, they ask us to tithe 10% of unrestricted donations to help fund projects around the world. GMHfH honors our founding members’ global building efforts by designating our tithe to Guyana, South America.