habitat for humanity partnerships

Indiana street development

KulshanCLT is currently building the Indiana Street homes, adjacent to its super energy-efficient Madrona Street  home. Two of the four planned homes are being built in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Whatcom County. In keeping with KulshanCLT’s goal to build energy-efficient and affordable homes for low-income homebuyers, the Habitat homes have been designed to Passivehaus standards.

KulshanCLT’s first habitat for humanity project

As Dawn Hubbard eagerly awaited her June 2011 move-in date, she was grateful for the lessons teamwork has taught her. “I wanted to show my granddaughters that through teamwork, they can do anything they put their mind to,” she said, reflecting on the hours she spent, shoulder-to-shoulder with her daughter, granddaughters and others building her new Ferndale home. “It’s been a fantastic experience,’ she said, ‘working with women of all ages, including a woman in her 70s who helped on the roof. She was inspiring!”

As Habitat for Humanity’s first Women Build home in Whatcom County, Dawn Hubbard’s home is notable as the first new construction partnership between KulshanCLT and Habitat to create more affordable homes for our community. Under an agreement between the two organizations and the homeowner, Dawn and her family will enjoy the safety and security of owning their Habitat home, building equity while keeping the home affordable for future income-qualified homebuyers.

“This is the first of what we hope will be many collaborations between Habitat for Humanity Whatcom County and KulshanCLT,” said John Moon, Habitat for Humanity of Whatcom County Executive Director. “Working together we can achieve economies of scale and keep the purchase price affordable for our homebuyers, while working together with KulshanCLT and other community development partners to advocate for housing affordability in our community. We hope to partner on at least three homes each year.”

Partnerships between Habitat for Humanity affiliates and community land trusts are steadily increasing throughout the United States. There are currently at least 38 known CLT/Habitat relationships in 17 states, ranging from collaborations and joint ventures to traditional relationships where the Habitat affiliate builds homes on land owned by the CLT.

KulshanCLT first teamed up with Habitat in 2005 when a KulshanCLT homeowner purchased a home H4H had repurchased from the original owner. Now, as in 2005, Habitat is eager to find ways to retain the permanently affordability of its homes.

“Working together with Habitat will augment KulshanCLT’s work outside of Bellingham in the smaller cities,” according to Dean Fearing, Executive Director. “A portion of KulshanCLT’s Whatcom County-designated funding will be used to purchase lots identified by Habitat for construction of new homes by its income-qualified applicants. Plus, Economic Development Investment funding approved by the Whatcom County Council in April will help offset costs and improve affordability. It’s a win-win-win,” states Fearing.

“Now I can spend more time with my granddaughters,” says Dawn, reflecting on completion of her home. “I never imagined I would own my own home. It’s comforting to know that whatever may happen to me, my daughter and granddaughters will always have a place to call home.” If you want to learn more about how you can support the KulshanCLT-H4H partnership, contact Dean Fearing at 360-671-5600, ext. 6.