A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Building homes. Building community. Building `ohana.
Under the New Home Construction Program, interested homebuyers have two options. One option is to purchase a house and lot in the ‘Ele‘ele Iluna subdivision or the Waimea Huakai subdivision. The second option involves building a Habitat house on a lot that is already owned by the homeowner (leasehold land or fee simple).
Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity also operates ReStore®, which sells new and used discounted building and construction materials, home improvement items, gently used furniture, appliances, and household goods to raise money for the affiliate. Proceeds from ReStore® support Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build safe, decent, and affordable housing.
Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations will not proselytize. Nor will Habitat for Humanity work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with Habitat for Humanity. This means that Habitat for Humanity will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.
We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.
The critical need for affordable housing persists on our island. To address this need, Kaua‘i Habitat has pledged to scale up our capacity and build30 homes per year.
In the Fall of 1992, Hurricane ‘Iniki struck the island of Kaua‘i, destroying over 1,500 homes and damaging over 5,000. This natural disaster was the precipitating event to start a Habitat for Humanity chapter here. Since 1992, Kaua‘i Habitat has built over 200 affordable homes and made repairs and upgrades to more than 35 existing homes for Kaua‘i families with the help of community volunteers, local businesses, individuals and corporate donors. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the partner homeowner families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families whose income is between 30-80% of the median Kaua‘i income at no profit and are financed with affordable loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses.
Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest their own labor – “sweat equity” – into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.
The concept of Habitat for Humanity was created when founders Millard and Linda Fuller began a new life of Christian service at a Christian community called Koinonia Farm in 1965.