Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona has broken ground on the first of 30 new homes the nonprofit plans to build south of downtown Phoenix.
The new 1,556-square-foot home at 1133 W. Tonto St. in Phoenix is within the Matthew Henson neighborhood, and will include three bedrooms and two baths.
It costs about $120,000 to build these homes, said Jason Barlow, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona, which works with home sponsors to help fund the cost of building the home.
“Affordable housing in Maricopa County is running about 170,000 units short,” Barlow said. “Rents have increased 8% year over year and today one in seven Arizona families pay half or more of their income on their rent or mortgage.
The new homeowners will pay a no-interest mortgage once the house is complete.
Habitat for Humanity works with cities like Phoenix to use infill lots for affordable housing, Barlow said.
“We firmly believe that nothing activates a space better than two bedrooms and a bath,” he said.
In this case, the money was raised for the homes at a fundraiser event in March where well-known Arizona business and sports executive Jerry Colangelo and his wife Joan pledged $50,000 and challenged those in attendance to match. All the money was raised that night.
During Habitat’s fiscal 2019, which ended June 30, 10,677 volunteers gave a total of 95,106 hours valued at about $1.5 million. They helped more than 395 people build or improve their homes, including 21 new homes, 240 repairs through the Neighborhood Revitalization Program and 134 emergency home repairs in Maricopa County.
Since 1985, Habitat has built more than 1,100 homes in metro Phoenix.
Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona is a local affiliate of Atlanta-based Habitat for Humanity International and is one of the largest Habitat affiliates in the country, operating as its own separate 501(c)3 organization.
Here’s a quick snapshot of Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona’s fundraising efforts (fiscal year ended June 30) :
$11.3M – Total amount raised
$4.5M – Donations and sponsorships
$4.3M – Habitat ReStores
$2.5M – Federal grants