Who we are
Founded in 1993, Garland Area Habitat for Humanity (GAHFH) is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization, Habitat for Humanity International. Operating on Christian principles, GAHFH shares the mission of Habitat International, seeking to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. GAHFH is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in Garland, Rowlett, Sachse, and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
What we build
GAHFH builds new homes and completes various home repair/preservation projects. Volunteer builders work alongside our partner family to complete each new home. All construction meets city building codes. GAHFH has partnered with the Garland ISD Building Trades classes at Naaman Forest High School, Garland High School and North Garland High Schools since 2003 to build one Habitat home each year. Once near completion, these ‘school houses’ are moved to open lots, and finished out by Habitat for Humanity volunteers and the partner family. We also enjoy a close working relationship with the City of Garland as well as a number of dedicated financial partners.
A world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to live.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Who We Serve
Each family we serve must meet three requirements: willingness to partner, ability to pay, demonstrate a need for housing. We partner with families to build decent, safe, affordable, and energy efficient homes with affordable mortgages. Our program focuses on helping the families we serve become self-sufficient and constructive members of the community contributing to the City, County, and School Taxes. The types of homes we build are:
- New construction on vacant lots
- Completion of “School Houses” started by Garland ISD Building Trades
- Home repair/preservation on existing homes
Partner families are selected for new homes through a Family Selection process. They must life or work Garland, Rowlett or Sachse for at least one year. “Partner Families” must meet Habitat International’s qualifications: low-income, gainfully employed, credit worthy individuals and willing to invest the sweat equity hours required to help build their home.
GAHFH has dedicated over 84 homes to deserving families since 1993. Our families are in the 30-60% median income range and could not secure a traditional mortgage. GAHFH offers them the opportunity to own a home of their own through our partnership program. Our homes are not given away. Families provide hundreds of sweat-equity hours helping build their home. Then the home is sold to the family at an affordable mortgage, making payments affordable. Habitat homes not only provide shelter but home ownership has shown to have long lasting impact and helps break the cycle of generational poverty. Children of homeowners compared to those in poverty housing are more likely to graduate from high school, have fewer behavior problems, and are less likely to rely on public assistance as adults.
The mission of Habitat for Humanity is to serve the world until every man, woman and child has a decent place to live. In order to do this, many Habitat affiliates participate in the Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) Tithe Program to support international builds in countries with extreme needs. Garland Area Habitat for Humanity tithes 10% of its non designated funds to HFHI every year to support builds like these in an effort to truly help all of God’s people in need.
Garland Area Habitat for Humanity has funded building projects in Kyrgyzstan through our annual tithe to HFHI.