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.
Volunteer as part of a group or company.
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.
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.
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.
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.