Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis

Building Homes, Building Communities, Building Hope.

aka Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis   |   Saint Louis, MO   |


Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Notes from the nonprofit

As an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, we rely on the support of our community in order to build homes in St. Louis City and County. Your contributions given directly to our affiliate stay 100% in our community, creating housing, jobs, and stronger neighborhoods in our region.

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

Mrs. Kimberly McKinney

Main address

3830 South Grand Blvd

Saint Louis, MO 63118 USA

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NTEE code info

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Christian (X20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Lack of affordable housing is a crisis in Saint Louis. According to a study conducted by, nearly half of all renters in Saint Louis are “cost-burdened", paying 30% or more of their earnings in rent. Even worse, 22.7% of renters are “severely cost-burdened," paying 50% or more of their income on rent.

Rental prices in Saint Louis are increasing more rapidly than in other parts of the nation. In 2016, the 9% increase in wages across the region was matched by a 9% increase in rental costs. It is no wonder that 4 out of 10 children in Saint Louis City are living in poverty when housing costs eat up so much of their families' resources.

Affordable housing is a key factor in a family's success. Once affordable housing is obtained, a family has more financial resources to put towards other necessities such as healthcare and education. The community benefits from affordable housing because homeownership encourages community stability, civic engagement and consumer spending.

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 Homes for Purchase

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis builds homes, communities and hope. We empower low-income, hard-working people living at 25% - 50% of the area median income to build and purchase a home they will be able to afford to maintain throughout the life of a 30-year, low-interest mortgage, and beyond.

We partner with concerned members of our community who share our belief that everyone deserves a decent place to live. Our unique volunteer-driven construction model, coupled with the financial support of our donors makes it possible for us to build homes at a reasonable cost for families of modest means to be able to purchase.

Becoming a Habitat homebuyer is hard work. All of our homebuyers perform 350 hours of sweat equity, which includes work at the build site and coursework on budgeting, home maintenance, and insurance. Upon completion of sweat equity, families are prepared to take on the responsibility of a 30-year affordable mortgage, and a lifetime of greater financial stability.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

The Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis ReStore has a three-fold mission:
•Provide additional financial support for the Saint Louis affiliate of Habitat for Humanity;
•Offer a lower-cost alternative to a traditional hardware store;
•Facilitate reuse and waste reduction by diverting construction and household materials from landfills.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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 people in the area with access to affordable housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

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

Affordable Homes for Purchase

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The pandemic and year following created some challenges in both human and material resources. For 2023, we are back on track to have more homes under construction.

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 Saint Louis is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in St. Louis. This is accomplished by a comprehensive program that helps families who are determined to proactively better their lives by investing time and effort into actually building and owning a home. This is the hope that Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis builds in the hearts of many deserving people.

Beyond our altruistic goals, Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis has a proven track record of fiscal responsibility, organizational efficiency, and non-profit management. The overarching goal is to aggressively keep up with the need for affordable housing. This goal is difficult and reliant upon funding from the private sector as Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis does not receive any financial assistance in building our homes from Habitat for Humanity International or United Way.

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis believes that when we all work together towards a common goal, our community is strengthened. Contrary to popular belief, we do not give homes away; in fact, the opportunity to build and then purchase a home through Habitat Saint Louis is a journey which takes about 9-12 months and requires hard work and sacrifice.

All of our homebuyers commit to a minimum of 350 hours of "sweat equity" volunteer service, working on the build site, in our ReStore, and taking required classes on finance, insurance and homeownership. All of our partner families take on a 30-year affordable mortgage in order to purchase a home they can call their own.

In order to achieve our goals, we seek the volunteerism and support of our community. Each year, between 3,500 - 4,000 people volunteer their time to help build houses and staff our ReStore. We receive generous support from financial and in-kind contributors who donate resources to help with the considerable costs of building homes.

Even after the ink has dried on the mortgage papers and a partner family has begun a new life in their home, Habitat Saint Louis maintains a connection to help them continue to succeed as build a better life. Our Family Services department provides advice, assistance and gatherings throughout the year to help our families continue to build a better life on the foundation they have created by becoming homeowners.

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis invests in low-income, hardworking members of our community by simply giving them an opportunity to invest in themselves. We employ cutting edge construction techniques, management expertise and the knowledge base of the Habitat for Humanity International affiliate network to ensure that we are creating viable solutions to the affordable housing crisis in Saint Louis City and County.

Habitat Saint Louis employs mission-driven professionals who experience and expertise helps us to make the most of the resources entrusted to us. Through their work and with the guidance of our Board of Directors, Habitat Saint Louis builds homes throughout our community which will stand the test of time.

Our capability to take on such ambitious goals is largely dependent on the financial support and volunteerism of our community partners who share our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis has built and rehabbed more than 400 affordable, sustainable houses in St. Louis City and County. These houses have become Home to more than 1,00 low-income men, women and children who now have greater socio-economic stability and the opportunity to create a brighter future.

By empowering individual families, Habitat Saint Louis helps create a better economic reality for our entire community. Neighborhoods where we build see an increase in property values and often a decrease in crime. The tax base is strengthened through the increase in disposable income realized by families who are now living life they can afford.

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis is committed to the environment and sustainability. Our ReStore retail outlet has diverted 33,000 tons of usable building materials from landfills. All of our homes are built to LEED Platinum standards, making them both environmentally and economically more sustainable. We are proudly the first Habitat for Humanity affiliate to have received the EPA's Indoor airPlus designation.

Habitat Saint Louis receives around 5,000 calls every year from people in our community who are at the end of their rope, searching for a way out of substandard and often dangerous housing situations. We wish we could help them all - but the economic reality is that we can only build as many houses as we can fund. Each year, we help between 16 - 20 families lift themselves out of poverty by building and then purchasing a home they can afford. We also provide resources for potential partner families who need help improving their credit score so that once they are wiling to commit to our program, they will qualify for a 30-year affordable mortgage.

Ultimately, our success is inextricably linked to the investment made in our programs by individuals, ecumenical entities, and corporate partners who share our belief that everyone in the St. Louis community benefits when we all have a decent place to live.

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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals, To identify larger issues in neighborhoods we serve and how our organization and homebuyers can help

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

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We reserve one seat on our Board of Directors for a client, and have a client committee for feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We do not force clients to interact with us, but seek feedback through a homebuyer committee.


Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis

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Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis

Board of directors
as of 08/31/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Amy Berg

Executive Advisor

Term: 2023 - 2024

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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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/28/2023

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

No data


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/29/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.