If you stop to think about it, “home” is probably a word most take for granted. For some, however, home, and the safety and security it entails, can feel like an unattainable dream.
Richmond Habitat for Humanity is committed to making affordable and safe housing a reality for low-income families. And with the help of donations, volunteers, proceeds from our ReStore, and hard work from our home buyers, we’re making that dream possible for hundreds of residents in the Richmond Metropolitan area.
Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 as a non-profit, non-proselytizing Christian housing ministry. Since its inception, Habitat has helped build over 400,000 homes for more than 2 million people around the world.
The Richmond Habitat chapter joined the affordable housing effort in 1986. Since then, we’ve built more than 350 homes for deserving families. Along with our partner families, generous volunteers and donors, we have restored the hope and dignity that poverty housing often strips away.
Vision and Mission
Our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Seeking to put God’s love into action, Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
What We Value
Equity lies at the heart of our mission. Decades of legalized discrimination in the housing industry has contributed to the racial disparity in housing that still exists today. We are dedicated to providing homeownership opportunities to families for whom it has not been traditionally possible. In the Richmond Metro area, 1 in 7 households pay half or more of their income on their home. Women of color are disproportionately affected by this severe cost-burden and make up a larger share of households living in poverty and receiving government-subsidized housing. Homeownership is a powerful tool in promoting racial equity, building generational wealth, and building an equitable and just society.
Integrity ensures that we honor our commitments and act with dignity, fairness, honesty, and respect every day. We strive to construct our homes to the highest quality standards, to ensure our homeowners have a safe, stable, and secure place to call their own for years to come.
Partnership is a value that defines everything we do at Richmond Habitat. We are not the heroes of our story – our partner families, volunteers, donors, faith partners, ReStore customers, nonprofit partners, and local governments are the true heroes who make it possible to increase access to safe and affordable homeownership opportunities in our communities. We strive to be a reliable, inclusive, and engaging partner in all of our endeavors.
Legacy is what we strive to create for the individuals and families we serve – something that can be passed on to future generations. When families start building equity, wealth transfer occurs and long-term roots are established. When we talk about legacy, we also think about the impact we want to make on the landscape of the localities we serve, particularly to the formerly blighted properties, streets, and neighborhoods that we revitalize into beautiful, high-quality, and affordable homeownership opportunities.
Fun is another important value to our organization. While we know the work we are doing in the community is serious and important, fun is part of what keeps us moving in the right direction, and what keeps our partners motivated to work with us. We aren’t afraid to dig in and get our hands dirty! Fun can be seen in the teamwork experienced through volunteering on our construction sites, in the everyday adventure of hunting for treasures at our ReStores, and in the way our staff enjoy each other’s company at lunchtime and other work events. We strive to create an environment that values, celebrates, and fosters opportunities for creativity, humor, and fun.
All are welcome. Richmond Metropolitan 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.