What is Coos Bay Area Habitat for Humanity?
Coos Bay Area Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical, Christian housing ministry seeking to eliminate poverty housing, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people from all walks of life to work together in partnership to build houses with families in need. Since its start in 1991, Coos Bay Area Habitat for Humanity has built 17 houses, providing decent, affordable housing for 27 adults and 54 children. One additional house is under construction for a young, working mother and her 2 little girls.
What does Coos Bay Area Habitat for Humanity do and how does it work?
Habitat for Humanity is not a give-away program. Habitat for Humanity builds houses with local families in need, using volunteer labor as much as possible to keep building costs low. NO interest is charged on the mortgage. Partner families pay closing costs, a monthly mortgage payment and pay real estate taxes. Last year, our homeowners paid over $18,000 in property taxes! They also invest hundreds of hours of their own labor into their home.
How are families selected?
We normally accept application once a year. Our Family Selection committee uses a non-discriminatory process to review applications and chooses families based on need for adequate housing, their willingness to become partners in the program, and their ability to repay the zero-interest mortgage.
Where are Coos Bay Area Habitat for Humanity houses built and who builds them?
Our first 2 homes were on donated lots in Empire and Englewood; 7 homes were built on John Avenue in Empire on property that is held in a community land trust. We are currently developing an 18-lot parcel on Morrison Avenue. Individuals and groups donate their time and energy to help build the houses, under the direction of licensed contractors. Partner families invest at least 500 hours of "sweat equity" into building.
How big are Habitat houses and how much does it cost to build one?
House have 900-1,200 square feet of finished living area depending on number of bedrooms. They do not have garages or carports. They are affordable to low-income families because there is no profit on the sale of the house and no interest charged on the mortgage. The cost to build is about $55,000 depending on the size of the house. This is going up each year due to escalating costs of construction materials.
How does Coos Bay Area HFH get money to build houses?
Coos Bay Area HFH receives donations from individuals, churches, schools and service clubs, businesses, corporations and grants. Our Re-Store of recycled building materials provides funding. Special events and direct mail are also part of our fund-raising efforts. Money from the mortgages goes back into building new homes.
How can I become involved with Coos Bay Area HFH?
There are many different ways that you can volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. We welcome individuals as well as groups to help on the construction site. You can serve on the Board of Directors or on one of our committees: Family Selection, Family Partnership, Re-Store, Church Relations, and Resource Development. You can work at a special event, donate materials or donate money. For more information on getting involved, please contact our office or visit our Web page.
Coos Bay Area Habitat for Humanity
PO Box 986, Coos Bay, OR 97420
Office: 3959 Sheridan Ave., North Bend
Phone: (541) 756-9080 Fax: (541) 756-8102
Web page: www.coosbayhabitat.org
ReStore: 141 S. Wasson
ReStore Phone: (541) 888-1103
Hours: Thursday through Saturday 10-3
'a hand-up, not a handout'
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HOW YOU CAN HELP
Support our ReStore! We need donations of reusable building materials so if you or anyone you know is remodeling, please donate. You'll get a tax-deductible donation receipt. Pickups available. Call the ReStore at (541) 888-1103.
Join the Friends of Habitat
These concerned citizens have pledged a certain amount each time we complete a home. Pledge $25, $50, $100, $500 or any other amount you wish. We notify you when each house is completed.
Donate a portion of your state tax refund to Habitat for Humanity.
We are an approved check-off with the State.. Last year, statewide donations totaled over $70,000!
Donate by Electronic Funds Transfer
Donations can be made monthly through our EFT system. It simplifies our bookkeeping and yours. Call the office for details.
Your help supports the housing of more families in simple, decent homes. If one of the ideas here is right for you, call our office for more details. Thank you.
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HOW YOU CAN HELP
Cars for Homes
Got a vehicle you no longer need or want? Give new life to your car, truck, RV or boat by donating it through "Cars for Homes." this specialized office of Habitat for Humanity takes care of all the paperwork and then sends the proceeds to the local affiliate. You can contact them by calling 1-877-277-4344 or visit their website at www.carsforhomes.org.
Alternative Gift Program
Many people in our lives are blessed with everything they need, and yet we still want to acknowledge them on their special days or thank them for a job well done. A gift to Habitat in their honor is a choice that shows you care and yet enables you to use your resources to make a lasting contribution. Each person that you designate with your gift will receive an appropriate card announcing that we have received your gift (not the amount) in their honor. You will receive a receipt for tax purposes.
Albertsons Community Partner Cards
If you shop at Albertsons, please pick up a Community Partners card from us. Albertsons will combine the card with your "preferred savings" card and each time you make a purchase Albertsons makes a donation to Coos Bay Area Habitat for Humanity. You can pick up your Community Partners card at the office in Baycrest Village (3959 Sheridan Ave. NB), at the ReStore (141 S. Wasson), or call us (541-756-9080) and we'll mail you one.