Build Homes

hard-hat-and-glovesHabitat for Humanity Kamloops works in partnership with people from all walks of life to build homes, communities and hope.  We sell homes to low-income families and offer 0% interest mortgage loans with no down payment required.  Habitat homeowners make monthly mortgage payments that don’t exceed 30% of their gross monthly income.

Habitat homeowners work hard to create a permanent solution to their housing struggles.  Each Habitat partner family must complete 500 hours of “sweat equity” to build their home and the homes of other Habitat families, work in our ReStores, and attend Home Buyer Education classes, meetings, and special events.  Sweat equity can be done during the week, in the evenings and on the weekends.

Habitat does not give away houses.  We sell them to hard-working families who partner with us.  Qualified families must show that they have a Need for Housing, are Willing to Partner with Habitat for Humanity and are Able to Pay for a Habitat mortgage.

With the help of our community, Habitat Kamloops plans on building in 2014!

What are Habitat houses like?

Simple, decent and affordable.

Habitat for Humanity houses around the world are built according to the same guiding principles:

  • Simple.
    Habitat houses are modestly-sized. They are large enough for the homeowner family’s needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum.
  • Decent.
    Habitat for Humanity uses quality, locally-available building materials. Habitat house designs reflect the local climate and culture.
  • Affordable.
    The labor of volunteers and partner families, efficient building methods, modest house sizes and no-profit loans make it affordable for low-income families to purchase Habitat houses.

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Habitat houses in North America

Habitat houses in the United States and Canada are typically built using wood frame construction, Gypsum board interior walls, vinyl siding and asphalt shingle roofs. Some affiliates also use proven alternative building materials such as adobe or straw bale construction.

U.S. and Canadian Habitat houses are modestly-sized by North American standards. Habitat’s guidelines dictate that a 3-bedroom Habitat house may have no more than 1,050 square feet of living space.

green-earthHabitat for Humanity’s commitment to build with people in need readily extends to those with disabilities. When possible, Habitat houses incorporate basic accessible design features, such as a zero-step entrance and wide passage doors and hallways. Houses built in partnership with families with disabilities include additional accessibility features.

Habitat for Humanity and the environment

Habitat is committed to resource- and energy-efficient building practices. Habitat’s Construction Technologies department provides us with construction techniques that conserve natural resources and reduce long-term costs for Habitat homeowners.

You can download the application to become a build site volunteer here.

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