Habitat for Humanity San Luis Obispo County (HFHSLOCO) is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), a non-profit, 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.
We became an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International in 1997. In 1998, we acquired our first property, in Paso Robles. To date, Habitat for Humanity 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 building new homes in Paso Robles and Arroyo Grande.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity 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 also the development and empowerment of people and communities. Habitat is invested in the people involved in our work: both the partner families who purchase Habitat homes, and those involved in the volunteer construction on 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 mortgages. Mortgages are issued over a fixed period (usually 20- 30 years.) Monthly mortgage payments are used to support the construction of more houses.
We realize 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 with the goal to revitalize and provide long-term change in destabilized local neighborhoods.
The Board of Directors and all committees of Habitat for Humanity San Luis Obispo County also strive to reflect 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. Our programs seek to create a sense of empowerment among residents, encouraging locals to take charge in their neighborhoods and create safe, vibrant communities they can enjoy for generations.