Housatonic Habitat for Humanity was formed in 1991 by a group of concerned citizens, as well as civic and religious organizations, in the greater Ridgefield area. They believed that they could make a meaningful difference in the lives of families with limited incomes by promoting financial stability and self sufficiency through home ownership of affordable homes.
Housatonic Habitat is proud to be part of the International mission that seeks to eliminate proverty housing globally while increasing affordable housing locally. Housatonic Habitat sells homes at cost that are well below market value. We also provide financing through an interest-free mortgage.
By providing decent, affordable, safe housing to qualified limited-income and asset-restrained working families, Habitat contributes to community revitalization by improving sub-standard homes. By building on a vacant lot or renovating a derelict structure, we can transform a street or neighborhood. Home ownership also transitions families into homeowners who pay taxes and who build equity for their future. Home ownership also stabilizes a family's finances and helps to set goals.
We completed our first home in Danbury in 1996 and have built a total of 27 homes in Danbury, Newtown, Brookfield, and New Milford. We also underwrite the mortgages to these properties. Through monthly mentoring with our homeowners, we have worked with them to ensure their success.
Opening A New Chapter
Building on our strengths, Housatonic Habitat has entered a new chapter in its proud 25-year history. Since 2013, we’ve put people, processes, and procedures in place that have formed a solid foundation for our work ahead. Our future is certain.
Our core team enables us to open doors for a bright future. Today’s Board of Directors, our Advisory Leadership Council of community experts, and our grass-roots committee structure which is composed of dedicated volunteers, allow us to move ahead…to grow and prosper.
Above all, we are grateful for our committed volunteers who are our mainstay. They live the mission. They hang drywall in the middle of summer. They drive a truck in all types of weather to pick up ReStore donations. They move tables and chairs from here to there. Bake. Do crafts. They give their resources, time, and talents. They work on their day off, and in retirement. They are our life blood. And, our stewardship of that time and their resources is on our minds as we strengthen the way we do business. Each gift is unique. Combined, our vision creates sustainable changes.
Many groups and organizations have supported Housatonic Habitat since it was organized including 15 churches which were the basis of the seed money needed to build not only the local affiliate but its first home.
Those early supporters included:
Congregational Church of Brookfield
First Church of Christ, Congregational, Redding Center
First Church of Round Hill
First Congregational Church of Ridgefield
King Street United Church of Christ
New Fairfield Congregational Church
New Fairfield United Methodist Church
Norfield Congregational Church
Prince of Peace Church, Brookfield
St. James Episcopal Church, Danbury
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brookfield
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Ridgefield
Trinity Episcopal Church, Newtown
United Methodist Church of Danbur
Valley Presbyterian Church
Walnut Hill Community Church