SINCE ITS FOUNDING BY VOLUNTEERS IN 1992, WINNESHIEK COUNTY HABITAT for humanity HAS…
Joined 1500 Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the United States but is the only affiliate in Northeast Iowa
Built 29 homes in the communities of Burr Oak, Calmar, Castalia, Decorah, Freeport, Ossian, Spillville, and Ridgeway
We have 22 Partners with mortgages totalling
Annual property taxes are $31938.00 for Winneshiek County and $2,222.00 for Fayette County for a total of $34,160.00.
Served low-income families who have sufficient income to pay a 25-year interest-free mortgage
Required homeowner families to give 150 volunteer hours per adult family member
Been funded by mortgage payments, by generous donations from Winneshiek County residents, by TIF, by grants from organizations (such as Thrivent and Upper Explorer Land) and by co-sponsorship arrangements with the Luther College Habitat chapter.
August 4, 2016 4-Person Best Ball
Bike Ride for Humanity
Luther College grads Ben Harney ’15, Jon Williams ’15, and Kai Ashland ’14 have cycled to the "fin del mundo" to help fund Habitat Houses in Winneshiek County. Read more...
Your New Home in Hesper?
The Hesper (Iowa) Friends Meeting Church may have held its last service months ago, but the building will continue to serve at least one family in need in the years ahead. The church, built in 1904, will soon be converted into a single-family home by Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity (WCHFH).
“We have never built in Hesper so we are thrilled by this opportunity,” says Gus Johnson, executive director of WCHFH, which works in partnership with people in need to build or renovate affordable housing for them. WCHFH volunteer Shawn Saltou of Midwest Drafting and Design in Cresco, Iowa, will work with the organization to redesign the church space for use by the partner family.
With the property secured, WCHFH is now seeking a partner family for the project. Partner families must have employment, demonstrate that they currently have an inadequate housing situation, and, working alongside volunteers, be able to invest many hours of labor ¬or “sweat equity” ¬into building their homes and the homes of others.
WCHFH houses are sold to the low-income working partner families at no profit and with no interest charged. For further information on partner-family eligibility requirements, visit the WCHFH elegibility page or contact Gus Johnson at 563-382-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity has received word from Habitat for Humanity International that its financial contributions since 1994 have resulted in 41 houses being built in Guatemala. As an Affiliate of Habitat International, Winneshiek is required to tithe to the International office. All US affiliates participate in this program.
" We are pleased to know that we have had an impact in Guatemala as well as here in Winneshiek County. The generous contributions from the Winneshiek community have helped us provide decent, affordable housing to 29 families in the county and 41in Guatemala," stated Gus Johnson, Executive Director.
Take a look at the process and the people who make dreams come true. The new video made by Cade Loven is now available on YouTube: From Dreams to Beams
Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity (WCHFH) is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. The goal for Habitat for Humanity is to work in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged.
Volunteers provide much of the labor and partner families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor "sweat equity" into building their homes and the homes of others. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses, both in the US and Guatemala, the international partner nation for the Winneshiek Habitat affiliate.
WCHFH is affilliated with Habitat International. Visit their website, which contains more information on Habitat’s history, mission, volunteer opportunities and contact information for other Habitat affiliates around the world.
Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity board members are volunteers who come from a variety of backgrounds. They are charged with long-term planning and governance, as well as overseeing the organization's interests.