With God’s grace, and the cooperation of
people from all walks of life, Tacoma/Pierce
County Habitat for Humanity partners with
families in need to build and own simple,
decent affordable housing.
Partnership with Families
Habitat for Humanity is a homeownership program.
• To qualify, partner
complete 500 hours
of “sweat equity”
• In return they pay an
The work we do would not be possible
without your hard work and support.
All are welcome.
Habitat is an ecumenical Christian organization. We
work with people of all backgrounds.
What do we build?
Habitat for Humanity, International:
• Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller
• 2 million people housed in over 90 countries
• 10th biggest U.S. home builder in 2013
Our affiliate (Tacoma/Pierce County):
• Founded in 1985
• Completed 210+ homes
• More than 350 adults and 610 children housed
Habitat for Humanity Worldwide
For every house built by
Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat
for Humanity, we tithe $4500 to
Habitat for Humanity
This builds an entire home!
Need in Pierce County
In the past ten years, rent in Pierce County
has increased by 54%.
Housing Choice (Section 8) Vouchers:
• Local Housing Authority
Waiting List: 3-5 years and 1000+ families
• Public Housing Options
Waiting List: 3-7 years and 4500+ families
Other Affordable Housing Options:
Habitat for Humanity:
Similar income guidelines, but families are usually in their homes within
12 months, and the solution to the family’s housing crisis is permanent.
Habitat Family Selection
Income of 30-80% AMI (area-median income)
• Family of four earning between $20,000 - $53,600
Willingness to Partner
• 500 sweat equity hours
• Homeowner education classes
Current Housing Situation
• Health concerns
• Unsafe housing
• Large rent burden
Families are selected for homeownership with Habitat based
on these criteria:
We are currently building in these neighborhoods:
Located in Parkland
• at 104th St E and Golden
Largest Neighborhood to Date
• 30 homes on 7+ acres
• Community house
• Sports court
• Playground and tot lot
• Community garden
• Wetlands overlook
The Woods at Golden Given
Lakewood neighborhood of Tillicum
• 30 scattered home sites throughout
Tillicum is focal area for NRI
• Neighborhood Revitalization
Initiative - works to unite new home
construction and home repair
efforts within a specific low-income
NRI is available to
• All residents of Tillicum
• Military veterans anywhere in Pierce County
• Empowering women to build
Building on Faith
• Built by local faith community
• Opportunity for corporate,
community, or faith-based
groups to build together as
You do not need prior
Wednesday – Saturday year
All construction volunteers must
be 16 years of age or older.
Be safe and have fun.
Be respectful, courteous, and inclusive.
Support partner families working on site.
Treat others as you would like to be treated.
No inappropriate language.
Alcohol, drugs, smoking,
tobacco, and e-cigarettes are
Observe safety signs and
take precaution on site.
What to Bring and What to Wear
• All construction tools are
• Bring water and snack
• Bring a lunch unless
• Closed toed shoes / boots
• Long pants (no shorts!)
• Shirt with sleeves
• Appropriate clothes for
both construction work and
8:45 – 9:00 Arrive and sign in
9:00 – 9:15 Site Orientation
9:15 – 10:30 Work
10:30 – 10:45 Snack Break
10:45 – 12:30 Work
12:30 – 1:00 Lunch Break
1:00 – 2:30 Work
2:30 – 3:30 Clean Up
• Group volunteers who wish to return to volunteer
later as an individual must complete an online
• Online scheduling can be accessed up to one
month in advance.
• If you’re volunteering with a group, make sure
you check the box next to your group name.