Developing Community

Our Mission

Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical ministry seeking to help low-income households into better housing environments through new home construction and exterior home repairs. Our aim is to create an environment of hope, dignity, and a truly human existence for all people.

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Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity has empowered households by providing opportunities to purchase homes

Since 1992, 96 Habitat-built homes have helped 149 adults and 246 children thrive in decent, affordable housing.

Safe, permanent housing creates an environment where homebuyers increase their strength, stability and self-reliance, and their ability to contribute to the greater community. 

What are the basic criteria to purchase a Habitat home?

  • Applicants must be permanent residents or U.S. citizens.

  • Must have lived in the area a year or more before the annual application deadline.

  • Need to meet income guidelines: household income at 30 to 70 percent of median income and must have qualifying debt-to-income ratio.

  • Must be willing to contribute 500 hours of "sweat equity" on home construction and other projects, plus complete 21 weekly financial management and homeowner education classes.

Our Impact

Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity impacts our area in many positive ways.

Just last year:

$323,332 was paid to local sub-contractors and suppliers

Over 3,000 volunteers developed a sense of achievement by helping with Habitat projects and impacting the community.

51 high school students received hands-on training through our partnership with Career Pathways Institute and Grand Island Public Schools.

95 families with increased self worth and financial stability

$156,310 in property taxes were paid on Habitat-built homes

$500 scholarships were available to Habitat homeowners interested  in pursuing continued education.

It has been amazing. The knowledge you gain and the relationships you form with the other families has been great. I get to raise my kids in a nice community, in a home that I helped build for them. It is a gratification that no one can take away. The kids love every piece of the house and know that we have to take care of it. I am very happy with my Habitat experience.

- Evelin Zarraga, Habitat Homebuyer

Building a Habitat for Humanity house allows our students not only a great educational experience building a house, but it gives them an opportunity

to make an impact on a family's life, and give back to the community. 

It's great for them to witness the joy of the family at the culmination of their work when the keys are handed to the homeowner, that experience will live with them forever

- Dan Phillips, Director of Career Pathways Institute