FISCAL YEAR 2021
Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing by building simple, decent and affordable housing. We build strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable housing. Habitat STW was founded in 1981 as the tenth Habitat affiliate in the U.S. and the first in Louisiana. Habitat STW is currently building houses primarily in Abita Springs, Covington and occasionally in Mandeville. We are always searching for new land and our building locations can change according to what land becomes available. Our service area includes Abita Springs, Covington, Folsom, Madisonville and Mandeville.
Housing: $1,943,124 (45% of total)
ReStore: $915,835 (21%)
Contributions/Grants: $1,283.582 (30%)
Other: $222,848 (4%)
Program*: $4,118,892 (87% of total)
Administrative: $344,230 (8%)
Fundraising: $268,642 (5%)
*Program expenses are comprised of Construction, Homeowner Services, Volunteer Services, and ReStore expenditures.
87 cents of every dollar donated to Habitat STW in FY21 went directly to its mission.
Habitat STW closed on 10 new homes in FY21, and completed two critical home repairs.
Habitat STW had 14 homes under varying stages of construction during FY21.
Six homebuyers had Microfinance loans from Habitat STW in FY21. Microfinance loans are short-term, low interest rate loans used for critical home needs; examples are appliances, HVAC repairs, and roof repairs. These loans enable the homebuyer to maintain his or her home without using predatory lenders.
Habitat STW received a $400,000 grant from Louisiana Housing Corporation to largely fund the construction of four new homes.
We assisted 16 families in obtaining safe affordable housing. The families consisted of 50 people (18 adults, 32 children). We connected our clients with $141,500 in down payment assistance. We helped one elderly homeowner obtain funding for repairs.
• 10 Habitat homes sold
• 6 USDA loans closed
• 1 USDA repair loan/grant closed
• 112 families received homeownership counseling
• 88 referrals were made by the homeownership center that gave families access to community resources to improve their health, wealth, or well-being.
• 368, number of seats clients filled at financial literacy, homebuyer training, and home maintenance workshops
• $141,500 amount of down payment assistance grants we were able to connect our clients to through our partnerships with FHLB, the First Bank, and the United Way.
• $2,782,800 in real estate sold to low-moderate income families
Habitat STW is unique and blessed to have a mission where our supporters can engage in direct and meaningful ways. Volunteering on a construction site is
one of them. Anyone who can swing a hammer or set a block in place is welcome to work with Habitat STW.
Our construction volunteers are vital to Habitat’s mission. We offer volunteer opportunities year round. Throughout the year we rely on teams from the Care-AVanner program, Collegiate Challenge, faith organizations, schools and local businesses, as well as local volunteers who come once a year or once a week to keep our construction calendar on schedule.
We are always excited to introduce new volunteers to the construction site. No previous construction knowledge or experience necessary!
Depending on the stage of construction, volunteers can expect to: frame floors and walls, build porches, install windows and doors, complete insulation preparation, paint and finish interiors, set trusses, and landscape.
Habitat STW primarily builds in the western part of St. Tammany Parish. Our building locations change as we acquire available land.
Habitat sets the stage for families and volunteers to come together. A family partners with Habitat and contributes their “sweat equity” or their own labor. A volunteer offers them a hand up, providing the support and the “muscle” that often means homes can be built at considerably lower costs.
At a Habitat build site, relationships are formed and friends are made.
Volunteer and change someon’es life - it could be yours.
The Habitat STW ReStore serves our mission of building homes, communities and hope in western St. Tammany Parish. At the Habitat STW ReStore, our staff and volunteers happily accept donations of new and gently used items. We sell those items to treasure hunters and bargain shoppers alike to raise money for our mission of eliminating substandard housing. Since its founding in 1988, the Habitat STW Restore has funded the construction of 33 homes. The Habitat
STW ReStore provides a more affordable avenue for home improvement projects, all while keeping tons of perfectly good items from ending up in the landfill.
Women Build is an annual project in which Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West empowers women, without excluding men, to build homes, enabling them to positively impact the lives of families by making home ownership a reality. Women Build 2020 proceeds funded the construction of the Pearson & Causey families in Mandeville.
350 Volunteers for Women Build during the months of October/November
1,909 Volunteer Hours
37 WATCH Members
$12,600 In Kind Sponsorships
Habitat STW celebrated the 40th Anniversary during FY21. A campaign was created around this momentous occasion to raise money and identify a home as the official 40th anniversary home. That was the Levin Family Home.
Raised $100,000 for the vertical construction of the Levin Family Home
Raised $50,000 to purchase two lots for future Habitat STW homes
21 Habitat STW Influencers created Social Media campaigns to raise $17,406 through peer-to-peer fundraising
Since our founding in 1981, thousands of individual and group volunteers have been fundamental to Habitat STW's impact in the community. Habitat STW welcomes everyone, with or without experience, to volunteer on their construction sites and in the ReStore. Habitat STW volunteers also serve on committees, engage in community awareness, and help in numerous other ways behind the scenes.
Remember, whether you volunteer once a week, once a month, or once in a while you're truly making a difference in our community and the lives of our Home Buyers.