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Q: What is Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, and what do you do?

A: Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver is a homeownership program that builds and sells homes to hard-working families in need of decent and affordable housing. We are an independently funded affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. To learn more about our mission and history, click here.

Q: Are Habitat homes given away?

A: No. Our homes are built in partnership with low-income families. Partner families pay for closing costs and make affordable monthly mortgage payments. Partner families are required to invest 200 hours (per adult) of their own labor into building their Habitat house and the houses of others, as well as attend a series of Home Buyer Education classes. Click here to find out more about our Homeownership Program.

Q: What kinds of homes do you build?

A: Habitat Metro Denver builds single-family homes, duplexes, and townhomes ranging from two to five bedrooms. Learn more about our homes.

In addition to new construction, we partner with families in Denver’s Globeville neighborhood to complete home repairs. Click here for more information about our Home Repair program. 

Q: Where do you build your homes?

A: We build in the following counties: Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas and Jefferson. If you are interested in getting involved with Habitat outside of the metro Denver area, visit Habitat for Humanity of Colorado for a map of other affiliates in Colorado.

Q: What is the House for a House tithing program?

A: Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver is blessed with the resources to have built over 500 homes in the local community, and we want our international neighbors to have the same opportunity. For every home we build in metro Denver, we sponsor a home in another country through Habitat for Humanity International. To date, we have contributed over $2 million to communities around the world. To learn more about our global work, click here.    

Volunteering

Q: How can I volunteer with Habitat Metro Denver?

A: There are a number of ways to get involved with Habitat Metro Denver. Volunteers can work on construction sites, in our ReStores (home improvement outlets that raise money for Habitat Metro Denver), or on special projects and committees. For a comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities, please visit our Volunteer page.

Q: What are the age requirements to volunteer with Habitat?

A: You must be at least 16 years old to volunteer on a construction site. If you are 15 or 16 years old, you can volunteer at the ReStores provided you have an adult volunteering with you for your entire shift. Youth under the age of 16 can also support Habitat’s mission through a variety of other projects. For more information on opportunities for youth, click here.

Q: Do you need previous construction experience to volunteer on a Habitat construction site?

A: No. Anyone who wants to help and is at least 16 years old is welcome on the construction site. Site supervisors will provide you with tools and equipment and teach you how to use them.

Q: What days can I volunteer?

A: Habitat Metro Denver volunteers can sign up to build Thursdays – Saturdays year-round. Volunteers can work at the ReStores Monday – Sunday year-round.

Q: Can groups of people volunteer?

A: Yes. Volunteer groups are made up of 3 to 10 people who want to volunteer at the same site on the same day. To learn more about group volunteer opportunities, please click here.   

Q: Can I fulfill court-ordered community service at Habitat?

A: Court-ordered community service cannot be completed on our construction sites, but can be accommodated at our ReStores. We do not allow court-ordered community service volunteers to work at the ReStores if their charge was related to theft or agression. If you meet these requirements, click here to sign up for a ReStore shift.  

Donating

Q: What types of donations does Habitat Metro Denver accept?

A: There are many ways you can donate and support Habitat Metro Denver, including cash and in-kind donations. For a full list of ways you can donate, please visit our Ways to Donate page.

Q: How do I make a cash donation?

A: Cash donations can be made online through our secure Donate Now form. You can also donate via check or Money Order payable to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, 3245 Eliot Street, Denver, CO 80211, or by phone with a credit card by calling 720-496-2733

Q: How do I donate building materials or other items to Habitat?

A: We accept in-kind donations such as fixtures, furniture and building materials through our ReStores (home improvement outlets that raise money for Habitat Metro Denver). You can drop off items at any of the ReStore locations during donation hours, or call the pick-up service and schedule a time and a date for us to pick up your donation. For more details, click here.

Q: How do I become a sponsor of Habitat Metro Denver?

A: There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities for individuals or for congregations, organizations or companies. Click here to learn more.

Homeownership

Q: How do I apply to the Habitat homeownership program?

A: Candidates for a Habitat home must meet and follow strict qualification guidelines. Homeowner Applicant Sessions are held throughout the year to teach prospective homeowners about our program.  Applications are only available at these sessions. For times of our next session, please visit our "How to Apply" page here, or call the Family Services hotline at (720)496-2726.

Q: What are the requirements for the Habitat homeownership program?

A: Families must show that they are willing to partner with Habitat Metro Denver, must demonstrate a need for housing, and must have the ability to make a monthly mortgage payment based on 25-28% of their gross (before taxes) monthly income. For more information about the program criteria, please visit our Program Qualifications page.

Q: How long does the application process take?

A: It typically takes around one year from the time of filling out an application to when a family moves into their Habitat home. For more information on the steps included in the application process, please click here. 

ReStore

Q: What are the Habitat Metro Denver ReStores?

A: Habitat’s ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used home and building materials to the Denver community at a fraction of the retail price. All of the profits from the ReStores go towards supporting Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver's mission of building decent, affordable housing in partnership with local hard-working, low-income families.

Q: Where are the ReStores located?

A: Habitat Metro Denver operates ReStores in Denver, Wheat Ridge, Littleton, Aurora, and Highlands Ranch. Click on each location above for store hours, address, map and more.

Q: Can I donate to the ReStores?

A: Yes. The ReStores accept in-kind donations, such as furniture, appliances, and building materials. You can drop off items at any of the ReStore locations during donation hours, or call the pick-up service and schedule a time and a date for us to pick up your donation. For more details, click here.

Q: What is the Deconstruction program?

A: Deconstruction is a service offered by the Habitat Metro Denver ReStores. We work with homeowners, businesses, and the construction and home improvement industry to identify materials and items suitable for reuse or recycling. After carefully removing the donation from the building, we sell the donated items at our ReStores. All proceeds benefit Habitat Metro Denver projects in the local community.