What We Do

Building Strength, Stability & Self-Reliance

No matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve a decent place to call home. We deserve to know we have the power to take care of ourselves and build our own futures.

For more than 30 years, Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity has provided affordable homeownership opportunities to modest-income families and worked toward our goal of eliminating substandard housing in our region.

Habitat homeowners:

  • Realize the dream of homeownership through education and individual consultations
  • Provide stability for their children
  • Have aging in place options for adults
  • Gain improved health, physical safety and security through building standards
  • Find interest and opportunities to become engaged in their communities

Beyond homeownership, Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity is invested in building stronger communities through its grassroots leadership program, Habitat Connects. Connects helps homeowners gain or enhance  skills that inspire them to work collectively to improve their neighborhoods through initiatives and projects that are important for their community.

Why Habitat?

Homeownership is a much bigger challenge than it has ever been. Land is expensive. Rents are climbing at staggering rates.

  • According to Redfin, Tacoma has the #4 most competitive housing market in the nation.
  • Median rents in Tacoma rose an estimated 8.8% from 2016 to 2017 – the biggest increase by its measure in the country. (Debbie Cockrell, The News Tribune, 4/6/18)
  • Recent HUD data shows Pierce County’s low-income families saw just a $100 increase in their annual wages, while the median price of a home rose $75,000 in the same time period.

Behind statistics like these are hardworking families who are too often making difficult choices between paying rent or providing for daily life and emergent needs. Every rent contract cycle brings increasing rental prices. These steep payment hikes forces families out and, with every move, children change schools and fall an estimated 3-6 months behind their peers from more stable living conditions.

With so many families scrambling and struggling to find affordable housing, Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity, along with its donors and volunteers, stands in the gap between affordability and accessibly. Together, we provide partner families an avenue to realize homeownership and find stability for their families. Through these practices, we empower families to find stability and strength.

Testimonial

"We have been renting for so long; we are excited to invest in something that we own. We are very grateful for the people who have helped us to get to this point. It is amazing to see that people are willing to help others and it just reminds me how important it is to pay it forward to the people who will be coming after us."

David

Habitat Homeowner