About Habitat for Humanity for San Luis Obispo County
Habitat for Humanity for San Luis Obispo County (HFHSLOCO) is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), a nonprofit, housing ministry founded on Christian principles. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat has built over 500,000 houses around the world, providing 2,500,000 people with safe, decent, affordable shelter.
HFHSLOCO became an official affiliate with Habitat for Humanity International in 1997. In 1998, we acquired our first property, in Paso Robles. To date, Habitat for Humanity for San Luis Obispo County has built 17 homes–one in Cambria, four in Atascadero, three in Paso Robles, four in Grover Beach and five in San Luis Obispo. We are currently in the planning stages of several new projects that would allow us to build as many as 15 homes over the next three years!
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity for San Luis Obispo County brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.
Bringing People Together
The focus of Habitat’s mission is not simply the construction of houses, but the development and empowerment of people and communities. Habitat is interested in the people involved in its work, both the owners of Habitat houses and those involved with homeowners in the construction of those houses. Habitat seeks to break down communication barriers and form partnerships among people from all walks of life.
Using volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat for Humanity builds and rehabilitates homes with the help of future homeowners.
Houses are sold to low-income families through affordable, no-interest mortgages. Mortgages are issued over a fixed period (usually 20- 30 years.) Monthly mortgage payments are used to support the construction of more houses.
HFHSLOCO realizes that in order to create a deeper community impact we must go beyond the sidewalks of our homes. That’s why in 2011 we signed a pledge to join HFHI’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI) whose purpose is to revitalize and provide long-term change for destabilized neighborhoods.
The Board of Directors and all committees of Habitat for Humanity for San Luis Obispo County also strive to reflect of the diversity of beliefs in our area. Habitat welcomes the involvement of individuals of all faiths, and those who do not belong to a faith-based group, who respect Habitat’s mission, purpose, and principles. We also seek to reflect the nationalities, occupations, income levels, and age groups of our community. Such diversity offers a wide range of experience and perspectives, and provides a strong base of operation.
Homeownership gives families a chance to break the cycle of poverty, establish financial stability, and build deep roots in their communities.