The Habitat Difference

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Street of Dreams

Thank you to all who made our annual fundraiser and auction a memorable and successful evening!

How Habitat Works

What does it mean when we say Habitat increases affordable housing opportunities for low-income households?  Home is the key to healthy and...

Say Hello to our new ReStore General Manager, David Simmons

David joined the Restore staff as a Donations associate and driver last year, and recently took the helm as General Manager this April. “I am so...

The Habitat & AmeriCorps Connection

Here at Habitat, we are committed to fostering positive and meaningful volunteer experiences. Our hope, is volunteering with Habitat is...

Habitat for Humanity National Conference 2024

Last month thousands of affiliate leaders joined together for the 2024 Habitat for Humanity Conference in Atlanta. Our Executive Director, Lorraine...

Build Day with Granite Construction

Friday March 8th 2024, International Women's Day, which coincided with Women in Construction Week, Nevada County Habitat partnered with Granite...

Say Hello to Our New Board Vice President, Dina Rubino

Dina has been supporting Habitat and active on our Board for years. We are thrilled to welcome her now as the new Board Vice President. Dina Rubino...

Welcome Andy Kramer, New Board President!

"Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Not only are we able to help our homeowners...

CONSTRUCTION NEWS: Angela’s Home Update

Despite the rain, the construction team has made great progress and the subfloor and first-floor walls are up! Volunteers, including Angela and her...

Catching up with Habitat Homeowners: Home for the Holidays

How do you celebrate the Holidays in your Habitat home? Shawna & Family: Regarding Holiday traditions, we’re still working on them! However, we...

Dave Emanuel, Leaving a Lasting Legacy

Dave Emanuel, 87, passed away peacefully at his home under the loving care of his wife (Jessie) and family. Back in the early 1990’s Dave gathered a...

We build strength, stability, and self reliance for local people.

Every gift makes a difference

Build hope and homes for families in Nevada County.

Every hand builds a better future

Learn more about our volunteer opportunities.

Making a Difference in Our Community

Learn more about your local Habitat For Humanity

Nevada County Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps families build places to call home. We believe affordable housing plays a critical role in strong and stable communities.

There are many ways to contribute and change lives in your community by partnering with Habitat.

Whether you volunteer for one day or many, you can help local families own their own home.

Learn what it takes to become a Habitat Homeowner.

A Habitat for Humanity house is not a hand out, but a hand up for families in our community.


In need of an affordable decent home? Learn what it takes to become a Habitat Homeowner.


You don’t have to lift a hammer to help. 100% of the profits from the ReStore support NC Habitat.

Affordable Homeownership

As the cost of housing continue to rise, we advocate for affordable workforce homeownership.


Current News

Get the latest news, volunteer opportunities, supporter profiles and events info at our Building Hope blog.

A Step Up to Self-Reliance

A Habitat for Humanity house is a hand up for families who — many of them for the very first time — are achieving a decent, affordable place to live. When you help us build, you help a family take important first steps toward fully realizing their potential — and their highest hopes. A stable, affordable home is crucial for a family forging a path to a better life. By partnering with us, families seize the opportunity and possibility that a decent, affordable home represents.

How does Habitat for Humanity help families?

People in your community partner with Nevada County Habitat to build a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Contrary to what some may believe, it is not a hand out, but is instead an impactful hand up.

How does Habitat for Humanity homeownership work?

Families in need of decent, affordable housing apply for homeownership with their local Habitat for Humanity.

Each local Habitat’s family selection committee selects homeowners based on three criteria:

  • The applicant’s level of need.
  • Their willingness to partner with Habitat.
  • Their ability to repay a mortgage through an affordable payment plan.

Habitat’s homebuyers invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners, in addition to paying an affordable mortgage and receiving financial education.

Habitat for Humanity follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection.

What kind of donations does Habitat for Humanity accept?

With your financial support, families can build strength, stability and independence. Whatever your donation may be, you are helping build the walls, a roof, a kitchen, a child’s bedroom. 100% of what you give goes directly toward a family’s new home, and not into administrative fees or overhead. Visit our Donate page to learn more.

We also operate a local home improvement store called ReStore, which sells reusable and surplus building materials, furniture and appliances to the public. The money made from these sales — 100% of the profits from the ReStore — support Nevada County Habitat for Humanity. To donate materials, contact our ReStore.

How do you volunteer for Habitat for Humanity?

There are many ways to volunteer. Visit our Get Involved page to learn how to:

Volunteer to work on our construction crew.

Volunteer administrative help in our office.

Volunteer to help us on special events locally.

Volunteer on a regular long-term basis or as it fits your schedule.


What is a Habitat for Humanity ReStore?

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. The ReStore in Grass Valley is owned and operated by Nevada County Habitat for Humanity, and 100% of the profits support Nevada County Habitat’s mission. Visit our ReStore page to learn more.

About Us

Nevada County Habitat for Humanity’s local vision brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. We serve low income, working families living in unsafe, overcrowded, unsustainable, and/or unhealthy living situations, with the goal of a community where everyone has the opportunity to have a safe, decent, affordable place to live.

We believe that every person should have the opportunity to live with dignity and that every person has something to contribute and to gain by strengthening our community. We believe that dignity and hope are best achieved through equitable and accountable partnerships. We believe in responsible stewardship of all resources entrusted to us.

Real People. Real Stories.

Creating a 'Forever Home'

“During our five years in our home my faith has strengthened, especially in myself. Our lives have changed exponentially. This truly is a ‘forever home’ for us.”

An Unexpected Light

“Just knowing I’ll have a safe place to call home, where I can hear my children laughing and playing in the back yard, my heart is filled with gratitude.”

Habitat Home Just the Beginning

“Through Habitat I was given the tools and opportunity to succeed and the stepping stone to advance our lives. My Habitat home was a real, solid and safe place for me and my family.”

Your monthly gift to Nevada County Habitat helps a local family build a new foundation.

With your financial support, local families can achieve strength, stability and independence with Nevada County Habitat for Humanity by building a safe and secure place to call home. Families who partner with Nevada County Habitat build their own homes alongside volunteers, pay an affordable mortgage, and are grateful for your help.

As a member of our Dream Builders Circle, your recurring donations help more families attain safe, affordable homes. Learn about our monthly donation program and become a Dream Builder today.

You can make a world of difference in your own backyard.

It's Easy to Donate Online

No matter how small, everyone wants to make a mark, leave a legacy, make a difference. In addition to a direct cash donation, Nevada County Habitat can accept a variety of assets to make a charitable gift.

Let's Talk

We love hearing from you. We’re as close as your telephone or your keyboard, so feel free to contact us directly to learn more about Nevada County Habitat for Humanity and about making an impact in your community.

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