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Habitat for Humanity of Omaha

Through Shelter, We Empower

aka Habitat for Humanity of Omaha   |   Omaha, NE   |  www.habitatomaha.org

Mission

Habitat for Humanity of Omaha builds strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. Serving Douglas, Sarpy, Washington, Burt and Cass Counties in Nebraska, Habitat Omaha works to expand quality, affordable homeownership opportunities for families with low-to-moderate incomes, while also improving the safety, appearance and overall value of whole neighborhoods.

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Founded in 1984, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha creates affordable housing and homeownership opportunities for hard-working people and families in five counties, including the Omaha metro. It builds and renovates homes, repairs existing houses, removes blighted structures and advocates for better laws and systems. Habitat works to provide access, skills and financial education to become successful homeowners and to create generational wealth. Annually, through its core programs, it generally builds or renovates 50 homes for its clients and prepares 300 people to be homeowners through Home Journey mortgage-readiness counseling. Habitat Omaha completes about 250 home repairs for low-income families, seniors and veterans to preserve existing, affordable housing stock and keep neighborhoods vibrant. The grassroots effort creates a cycle of economic development. Donors, volunteers and grants support programs. Volunteers contribute about 40,000 work hours annually.

Ruling year info

1984

CEO

Amanda Brewer

Main address

1229 Millwork Ave. Suite 301

Omaha, NE 68102 USA

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EIN

36-3283625

NTEE code info

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

Christian (X20)

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Our programs

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Omaha Habitat for Humanity

Founded in 1984, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha creates affordable housing and homeownership opportunities for hard-working people and families in five counties, including the Omaha metro. It builds and renovates homes, repairs existing houses, removes blighted structures and advocates for better laws and systems. Habitat works to provide access, skills and financial education to become successful homeowners and to create generational wealth. Annually, through its core programs, it generally builds or renovates 50 homes for its clients and prepares 300 people to be homeowners through Home Journey mortgage-readiness counseling. Habitat Omaha completes about 250 home repairs for low-income families, seniors and veterans to preserve existing, affordable housing stock and keep neighborhoods vibrant. The grassroots effort creates a cycle of economic development. Donors, volunteers and grants support programs. Public and corporate volunteers contribute about 40,000 work hours annually.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Veterans
Families

Habitat Omaha Home Journey serves first-time home buyers with a median income of 30% to 80% of the area. Many eligible families come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds where past unfair practices affected their ability to own a home, sometimes paying more than 60% of their income on housing - double the HUD recommendation of 30% or less. Many live in blighted, unsafe or unsanitary rental units with exorbitant rents. Families receive mortgage education and financial planning, budgeting and home maintenance assistance. They also contribute up to 275 hours of Sweat Equity before home purchase. The counseling helps participants purchase a Habitat home, buy an open-market home with Habitat financing or purchase an open-market home and financing. No homes are given away for free. Habitat Omaha is also a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) certified by the US Department. of the Treasury. The CDFI helps grow capital and provides more finance options for clients.

Population(s) Served
Families
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults
Veterans

As part of its goal to keep available housing stock in good repair and neighborhoods vibrant, Habitat Omaha offers several home repair services. These services can range from emergency services like mechanical failure of HVAC or water heaters and exterior repairs like siding and windows, steps, etc., to energy efficiency upgrades to lower the cost of utilities. Eligible families receive a no-interest loan to help pay for necessary repairs, allowing homeowners to spread the expense over 1-10 years to make it affordable. Habitat Omaha serves as the general contractor, hiring only trusted subcontractors to perform the work. All work includes a one-year warranty through Habitat Omaha. Habitat Omaha completes about 250 home repair projects annually.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Veterans

Habitat Omaha's Blight Removal Program addresses an issue affecting struggling neighborhoods and provides safe, affordable homeownership opportunities for condemned and blighted properties. These properties create safety issues and threaten the economic vitality of the neighborhood and the community by attracting uninvited people and animals to find a haven in these structures. Habitat Omaha systematically addresses blight in our service areas through code enforcement reporting, title clearing, and demolishing blighted structures to create affordable housing options. These actions improve property values and increase the opportunity for future investment in these neighborhoods.


Population(s) Served

The Neighborhood Revitalization Program is a block-by-block community development program that utilizes data and coalitions to transform neighborhoods. The Habitat team works with neighborhood associations to address needs and bring people together through special events and beautification projects in North and South Omaha and Sarpy and Washington counties. Habitat conducts Rock the Block and educational generational-wealth events. Rock the Blocks inspire people to become active participants in their neighborhoods. Activities include clean-up, beautification and minor painting, landscaping and home repairs. Transfer on Death Deed clinics focus on homeownership and its generational wealth-building capacity. Unfortunately, many homeowners are unaware that their most valuable asset may not go to their intended family or loved ones. The clinics provide resources and create opportunities for these families. Annually, about $25 million in wealth is secured for future generations.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults
Families
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people

Habitat ReStore has two outlets and donation centers in Omaha that sell new and used building materials, paint, used furniture, appliances and household goods at a fraction of the retail price. The resale of these materials supports and benefits Habitat Omahas homeownership and affordable housing efforts. ReStore also provides environmentally friendly benefits to neighborhoods and the community through deconstruction projects. Deconstruction projects annually keep about 2,400 tons of material out of landfills. ReStore also provides additional volunteer opportunities for corporate and public volunteers to supplement and support its staff.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
Ethnic and racial groups
Families
Veterans

Where we work

External assessments

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Number of families served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Adults, Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people, Veterans

Related Program

Omaha Habitat for Humanity

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Annually, Habitat Omaha builds/renovates 50 homes, provides finanancial counseling to 300 people, 250 home repairs and helps hundreds through community outreach and generational wealth clinics.

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Families, Economically disadvantaged people, Veterans, Adults

Related Program

Omaha Habitat for Humanity

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Corporate and public volunteers are vital to Habitat Omaha's efforts. These volunteers annually contribute about 40,000 work hours to supplement and support our staff.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Habitat Omaha supports our neighbors to achieve this strength and independence through homeownership. Every day, we see how quality, affordable housing replaces people’s struggles to keep a sturdy roof over their heads with opportunities to build healthy, prosperous futures. This impact is transformational not just for individuals but for our entire community – fighting poverty, revitalizing neighborhoods, strengthening our economy, and creating stability for the next generation.

We started our work in Omaha in 1984 and expanded to Washington County in 2007, Waterloo in 2014, Burt County in 2016 and Sarpy County in 2020.

Habitat Omaha changes lives and transforms neighborhoods by building new or renovating homes, completing critical roof and exterior repair projects on owner occupied houses and demolishing condemned houses. Together, Habitat Omaha's programs strive to provide low to moderate income families with opportunities to successfully achieve and maintain homeownership while improving the safety, appearance and values of neighborhoods.

Habitat Omaha serves families whose income is 40 to 80 percent of median for the Omaha area. Each Partner Family is required to complete up to 350 hours of sweat equity before purchasing their home. Sweat equity involves working on the construction site as well as attending a series of educational sessions related to financial planning, budgeting and home maintenance and repair. Every home owner pays 100% of the appraisal price of their home through a 20 - 30 year, affordable Habitat loan. Habitat's goal is to create successful homeowners who will improve their quality of life and transform neighborhoods.

Habitat for Humanity provides a 'hand up, not a hand out' to families needing just a little help. Habitat Omaha is a trusted and highly effective leader in the community working to end substandard housing. With a strong foundation of constituents, including committed family partners, Advisory and Board of Directors members, individual, corporate and foundation donors, as well as the City of Omaha and many partnering agencies, Habitat Omaha is well-positioned to continue making an impact in the community.

Since 1984, and with the help of more than 12,000+ annual volunteer opportunities, Habitat Omaha has served more than 1,400 local families and more than 450 worldwide through programs and services. Total valuation of Habitat Omaha homeowner properties is more than $24 million and Habitat Omaha homeowners contribute more than $450,000 in local property taxes annually.

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Habitat for Humanity of Omaha

Board of directors
as of 07/03/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Caren Woodruff

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/3/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

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