Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County, located at 2020 Springdale Road in Waukesha, has been serving families since 1989. As an advocate for safe, decent, and affordable housing in Waukesha County, their primary program is building homes for people who otherwise could not afford a home. This is done through volunteer labor, the homeowner’s ‘sweat equity’, sponsorships, and donations. Another program offered is the Repair Program that helps fixed or lower income families maintain homes they already own. In 2014 the ReStore was constructed and is located at 2120 E. Moreland Blvd. The ReStore sells quality gently-used household furniture, appliances, and building materials and will pick-up donated goods if needed. The entire inventory is donated, so 100% of the proceeds is used to further the mission of putting more families into homes of their own.
Habitat for Humanity continually looks for opportunities to collaborate with schools, government agencies, corporations, nonprofits, civic groups, and individuals. They believe that together, as a community, change is possible. One of the major obstacles they face is the public’s misconception of what affordable workforce housing looks like and means. In addition, people often think Habitat is in the business of giving away homes. In reality, families invest hundreds of sweat equity hours to build their own home and then purchase it from Habitat for Humanity at fair market value and finance the home with a 0% mortgage.
In 2004 the Waukesha YWCA on West Avenue closed its doors. The building sat vacant for several years until 2010 when the City, funded with a Federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant, demolished the building. The site was redeveloped as an 11-lot, mixed income subdivision with eight single family lots and three duplex lots. Habitat built all three of the duplexes and two of the single family homes. As a key player, Habitat’s participation and enthusiasm for this exciting redevelopment near Downtown Waukesha is a primary reason for the success of Dunbar Oaks.
The City of Waukesha celebrates Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County, and their efforts. We wish them much future success as they continue to serve our community and beyond.