Habitat For Humanity
PO Box 51055
Idaho Falls, ID 83405
Incorporated in 1994, Habitat for Humanity Idaho Falls Area is a nonprofit, Christian housing ministry seeking to eliminate poverty housing in the community and to make simple, decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. With the help of Habitat partner families, individual volunteers and volunteer groups from area churches, businesses, civic organization and schools, Habitat for Humanity Idaho Falls Area has built 26 new construction homes throughout the Idaho Falls area.
The cost of purchasing and owning a Habitat home is kept low through the use of volunteer labor during the construction process, no-interest mortgage payments and building to Energy Star standards. The typical new construction Habitat home has 1000-1060 square feet of finished living space which includes 2-3 bedrooms and 1 bath. To maximize the affordability to purchase a Habitat home there is no profit included in the sale of the house and no interest charged on Habitat mortgages. Additionally, by incorporating low maintenance building practices and building to Energy Star standards, the ongoing cost of homeownership is also reduced for Habitat families.
Early in 2012, Habitat for Humanity Idaho Falls was notified that our affiliate would be the recipients of 20% of the Kurt and Genola Kandler Trust Funds. This funding, anticipated to be in excess of one million dollars, is being directed to be used for the benefit of the residents of Fremont, Madison, Jefferson and Teton counties in Idaho. Because building new construction homes would not necessarily meet the housing needs of these communities, Habitat Idaho Falls has embraced Habitat for Humanity International’s neighborhood revitalization initiative. Habitat’s NRI goal is to offer an expanded array of housing products enabling our affiliate to serve the housing needs of additional families throughout our expanded five county service area.
Funding for Habitat for Humanity Idaho Falls Area projects comes from multiple sources:
1. Partner families' mortgage payments are deposited into a fund to support the building of additional houses.
2. ReStore profits are used to cover 100% of our affiliate's operational expenses.
3. Sponsorships to cover the material costs of building homes come from public and private agencies.
4. Grants from non-profit, government and corporate sponsors supplement Habitat's sponsorship and internal funding streams.
5. The Genola and Kurt Kandler Trust Funds are being used to expand our service area into the Upper Snake River Valley.
6. In-kind donations of materials and professional labor significantly reduce the hard costs of Habitat projects.