Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity builds simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with people who need a better place to live, want to buy their own homes, and are ready to accept the responsibilities of homeownership. For more information, see the Qualifications page.
The typical Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity home is:
- Either a thorough rehabilitation of an existing home OR a new home.
- Designed by our construction staff to meet local zoning ordinances and building codes, the demographics of the home buyer family, and complement the design of existing homes in the neighborhood. Habitat homes comply with standards for simple, decent, affordable housing set by Habitat for Humanity International.
- Located primarily in the city of Kalamazoo.
- Built using the latest construction technology, materials, and techniques.
- Approximately 1,000 square feet in size and includes three bedrooms, one full bath, an eat-in kitchen, and living room.
- An Energy Star home and includes Energy Star-rated refrigerator and range (donated by Whirlpool), furnace, water heater, and air exchanger.
- Accessible to persons with disabilities and, when feasible, has one zero-step entrance. The homes are designed and built to be easily adapted if residents develop disabilities as they age.
- Built with low-volatile organic compound (VOC) materials and paints to improve indoor air quality.
- Supplemented by a backyard storage shed, landscaping, and driveway.
- Built by 200-plus volunteers who build in partnership with the home buyer family and Habitat. Licensed subcontractors complete electrical, plumbing, and ventilation work as required by codes.
- Sold without profit, and financed with an affordable mortgage by Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity. These payments are recycled to build more Habitat homes. The average monthly mortgage payment of principal, taxes, and insurance is around $500..
- Purchased by an approved low-income family who would be unable to qualify for a traditional home mortgage. The home buyer family invests a minimum of 300-500 sweat equity hours to build their home and the homes of other Habitat home buyers.
All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic or religous background, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, height, weight or disability.