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Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City

Kansas City, MO   |  www.habitatkc.org

Mission

Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, community and hope. Vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Notes from the nonprofit

Habitat KC determines the effectiveness of its work through ongoing evaluation of its 2021-25 strategic plan goals. The agency seeks to invest $20 million in Kansas City affordable housing solutions over the next five years to increase the number of families served per year from 285 (FY 2020-2021) to 1,295 by FY 2024-2025. The plan also continues to focus on reducing racial disparities in homeownership with at least 85% of all new Habitat KC homeowners being People of Color. The plan includes a significant five-year increase in built/rehabbed homes and critical home repairs while providing over 60,000 volunteer opportunities to support this growth. It will expand neighborhood revitalization efforts into six new neighborhoods and serve 4,000 individuals through homeowner education. Growth will be supported by increased advocacy efforts on housing policies and growth in ReStore locations/revenue.

Ruling year info

1979

President and CEO

Lindsay Hicks

Main address

1423 East Linwood Boulevard

Kansas City, MO 64109 USA

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EIN

43-1175749

NTEE code info

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

Family Services (P40)

Urban, Community (S31)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Until every individual/family has a safe, stable place to learn, play, and grow, Habitat KC’s services will be needed. The agency receives more than 1,000 referrals annually for low to moderate-income families in need of affordable housing solutions including new/renovation homes, homeownership education, and home repair. Access to attainable housing and maintaining current housing has been a growing concern across the nation for decades. One in six individuals in our country are paying more than 50% of their monthly income towards housing – locally one in ten individuals are paying more than 50% of their income towards housing solutions. Research says that spending more than 30% of a family's income on housing or home repairs typically means that other needs—education, healthcare, nutrition, transportation to jobs can become challenging. Habitat KC seeks to address housing issues head on by providing a continuum of housing solutions in our community, alleviating financial stress.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Affordable Home Ownership Program

Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City’s Affordable Home Ownership program involves the construction or rehabilitation of safe, decent, affordable homes that are sold to Habitat KC’s partner families through an affordable mortgage . Qualified families must have 1) a need for shelter, 2) income within the 30‐80% range of Area Medium Income and 3) a willingness to partner with Habitat KC by completing 350 hours of sweat equity. These hours are completed through volunteerism and 50 hours of homeowner education classes.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

Habitat KC ReStore facilities are retail outlets stocked with quality new and used building materials that are donated and resold to the public at heavily discounted prices.. The facilities are a major source of financial support for Habitat KC’s programs, and allow Habitat KC to accomplish landfill diversion while assisting low-income homeowners with greatly needed home improvement materials and supplies at an affordable cost. Items in the store are donated, including fixtures, furniture, appliances, and construction materials. All proceeds and net income from ReStore sales are reinvested back into affordable housing solutions for families in need. Habitat KC brings in more than 20,000 donations annually and has diverted more than 16 million tons of material from the landfill.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The HOPE Program (Helping Others Prosper Through Empowerment) provides an immediate way for individuals to understand their housing options available and prepares them for home ownership through Habitat KC’s program or traditional financing.h. This Habitat KC program provides financial coaching and empowerment through individualized assistance. Those enrolled in the program will learn how to remove negative and inaccurate information from their credit score, consumer rights in the fair credit reporting act,budget preparation, specific steps to pay down debt, and how to start saving to become a homeowner.

The HOPE program will address each individual's barriers to homeownership.In addition to financial education, the HOPE program offers homeowner maintenance workshops, open to the public, educating homeowners or future homeowners on healthy home maintenance. Topics for these workshops include, heating and AC maintenance, energy efficiency, electrical maintenance, and plumbing. Each workshop is presented by Habitat KC partners who are professional licensed contractors. Habitat KC also provides workshops covering general health & safety and lawn & garden care, all of which are essential to protecting your biggest investment.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

Habitat KC’s Home Preservation Program conserves homeownership and strengthens neighborhoods by helping low-income homeowners repair and maintain their homes. Additionally, it addresses critical life safety needs so that families are living in safe, decent and stable homes. Initiatives include exterior home repair projects, Rock the Block events, neighborhood clean-ups, home weatherization projects, and critical home repair projects.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Award for Energy Efficiency and Construction Quality 2004

Midwest Research Institute and National Renewable Energy Lab

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2018

Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City 2018

Mid America Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce 2018

Chamber of Commerce 2018

Jackson County Continuum 2018

Olathe Chamber of Commerce 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of homes built/rehabbed for low-income families.

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Affordable Home Ownership Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020: Construction sites were closed for 12 weeks due to COVID-19.

Number of individuals completing pre and post-purchase education opportunities.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

HOPE (Helping Others Prosper Through Empowerment) Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of individuals acquiring mortgages through traditional financing because of organization's empowerment.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of minor or critical home repair projects completed.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Home Preservation Program (HPP)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020: We were unable to host large-scale home modification events in 2020 due to COVID-19.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City plays an important role in creating more affordable homeownership opportunities, preserving existing homeownership, and advocating for affordable housing across the entire housing continuum (from emergency shelters through homeownership). We're proud that more than 85% of Habitat homebuyers are families of Color.

Through our Homeownership Program, we aim to partner with households earning 30 - 80% of area median income on homeownership. Families are set up for long-term homeownership success through one-on-one financial coaching, homeownership education classes, and affordable mortgage payments set at 30% of household income. Families can partner with us to buy a home built or rehabbed by Habitat KC and our volunteers OR they can buy a home on the open market.

Our Home Preservation Program aims to preserve homeownership for low-income households. Homeowners partner with us to complete much-needed repairs so they can remain safely in the homes they love.

Other programs include: Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention, Neighborhood Revitalization, and ReStore.

Until every family has a safe, stable place to learn, play, and grow, Habitat for Humanity will be needed. We aim to help families build equity, end the cycle of poverty, and build confidence.

Organization Goals:
1. Build/rehab 182 homes and provide 546 minor and critical home repairs for partner homeowners in low income census tracts.
2. Engage the community with 60,000 volunteer opportunities – more than doubling the amount of Habitat KC affordable housing champions.
3. Reduce racial disparities in homeownership with at least 85% of all new Habitat KC homeowners being people of color.
4. Expand Neighborhood Revitalization Program to six new neighborhoods.
5. Expand our homeowner education program to serve 4,000 individuals including comprehensive pre and post-purchase education that supports financial well-being and home maintenance.
6. Inspire Habitat supporters to advocate for smart housing policies and systems.
7. Support Habitat’s global mission by providing 166 homes in Haiti and Uganda.
8. Grow our ReStore operation to reflect the size of the market opportunity. Based on a market survey, we see an opportunity to triple our contribution totaling $10 million.
9. Build a diverse, competent and mission centric organization that aligns with the overall strategic plan and goals for the communities we serve.
10. Fund the strategic plan by generating an estimated $20M through fundraising and programmatic revenue.

In order to achieve a holistic approach to neighborhood revitalization, Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City will continue to increase collaborative and working partnerships with like-minded organizations to increase overall impact. To further expand neighborhood revitalization efforts, organizational capacity will be increased to both deliver additional home preservation and weatherization services and to develop additional partnerships with area businesses, local governments and other non-profit organizations.

From 2021-25 Habitat KC is committed to providing more than 5,000 families with affordable housing solutions. This commitment will requires a $20 million dollar investment by the organization and includes the following priorities:
1. A New Way to Lend - Partner with community focused banks to provide affordable mortgages for Habitat partner home-buyers. The funds received will be immediately invested in creating additional opportunities for families in need of affordable housing solutions.
2. A New Way to Strengthen Communities - We are working with hardworking, under-served families on their journey to home ownership as a response to the affordable housing crisis in Kansas City. We will begin working with families earning in the 60-80% AMI to create opportunities for mixed income communities.
3. A New Way to Advocate - Habitat KC is investing in advocacy efforts to further our goal of providing access to affordable home-ownership. Advocates will ensure affordable housing is at the front and center of policy change.
4. A New Way to Advance Equity, Diversity and Inclusion - An equity analysis that will inform a comprehensive organization-wide equity plan will be accessed.
5. A New Way to Operate ReStore and Create Sustainability - ReStore is not only partnering with companies to donate materials we are working with them to broaden our reach through marketing and branding to their customers, clients and contractors resulting in more unrestricted dollars for program delivery.
6. A New Home for Habitat - Habitat KC is located at the intersection of Linwood and Paseo Boulevards. After the recent purchase of our long-time leased building, Habitat is working to renovate our facility to better reflect and support our mission in the community (finalizing in February of 2022). At the heart of this project is providing a space for our community to use - resulting in increased affordable housing solutions.

Habitat KC's well established housing service model, clearly stated mission, brand name, use of volunteers, relationships with national and local corporate partners, access to Habitat for Humanity International resources and effective leadership at both the national and local level are unique assets that provide a set of vital capabilities to improve low income neighborhoods in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.

Last year, Habitat KC served 1,800 individuals (502 households). As part of the agency’s strategic plan, we seek to invest $20 million in Kansas City affordable housing solutions from 2021-2025. This work directly contributes to building stronger communities where One Gas employees live and work. Our strategic plan also continues to focus on reducing racial disparities in homeownership with at least 85% of all new Habitat KC homeowners being People of Color.

The most recent agency accomplishments are centered around the plan:

1) Implementing the new HOPE (Helping Others Prosper through Empowerment) program that provides individualized assistance and education through HUD certified housing counselors who help families identify barriers holding them back from getting a mortgage.

2) Opening two new ReStore locations in the past two years located in Martin City and Lenexa that have/will generate $2.6 million in revenue.

3) Redesigning the program delivery for Homeownership and Home Repair programs by finding new ways to lend and partnering with local banks. We have also increased our number of annual home repairs from 25 to 130 households in the past two years.

4) Increased neighborhood revitalization efforts in three new neighborhoods (Lykins, Wendell Phillips, and Armourdale).

5) Launched the Cost of Home Advocacy Campaign: a national campaign alongside hundreds of Habitat organizations across the country focusing on supply/preservation, land use, access to credit, and policies that protect/strengthen neighborhoods so they can thrive. Habitat also participates in multiple housing coalitions.

6) Established the Veteran Build and PRIDE Build programs.

7) Piloted a down-payment assistance program prioritizing Black, Latino and Hispanic homeownership.

8) The “Framing our Future” campaign is almost complete, raising fund to renovate our main location to give the agency capacity to expand our services and allow for more community use. Finalizing renovations by February 2022.

2020 Fiscal Year Impact:
1. Built/renovated nine homes
2. Completed 110 critical home repairs
3. Completed financial literacy and empowerment courses with 249 families
4. Worked with 16 families to become pre-approved for home ownership on the regular market
5. Built 14 homes in Haiti and Uganda
6. Increased the housing stock in Kansas City (average of 22%/neighborhood we build in)
7. Engaged volunteers to complete 41,558 hours of volunteerism


How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City

Board of directors
as of 08/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tiffany Harris

Copaken Brooks

Term: 2019 - 2024

Vaveca Moss

Shook, Hardy and Bacon

Tiffany Harris

Copaken Brooks

Marquita Miller

Five Star Tax and Business Solutions

Todd Jones

First American Title Insurance

Erin Royals

UMKC Center of Neighborhoods

Rob Givens

Community Volunteer

Robin Darden

GEHA Health

Mike Jantsch, RA NCARB

GastingerWalker

Tommy Bickimer

Bickimer Homes

Caronna Stigger

The Dream Team/Integrity Investment Group

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/23/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data