Habitat for Humanity, Valley of the Sun and Habitat for Humanity of the West Valley merged on June 30, 2008 to create Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona, a Christian-based organization which builds simple, decent home for families in need.
Habitat works with the community to fund and build simple, decent and energy efficient homes. Homeowners purchase the home with a 0% interest mortgage. Habitat homeowners are low-income families who are in need, can pay the mortgage, are willing to attend homeownership and financial training classes, and work 400 “sweat equity” construction hours. The high cost of housing leaves low-income families little money for food, clothing or health care. Substandard housing endangers their health and safety, erodes their hope and self-worth and impairs their children's ability to succeed in school. By increasing the number of affordable housing options, families become self-sufficient, neighborhoods develop, and children have a future.