Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity builds simple, perpetually-affordable houses and sells them at cost to families who are at or below 80% of the median household income, who currently live in unsafe and/or overcrowded conditions, who are able to pay an affordable mortgage and who are willing to do 400 hours of sweat equity helping to build their homes.
What We Do
Thanks to our donors, we purchase land and materials and work in partnership with volunteers to build homes for low-income working families in Chittenden County. The families purchase the homes from us at cost and with a 0% or affordable interest mortgage, and those monthly mortgage payments help us to build more homes. Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity began in 1984, when a group of local residents were concerned about the need for affordable housing in our community. That need continues to increase and our mission is to fill that need, one home at a time.
DIVERSITY / GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Since the inception of Habitat for Humanity in 1976 we have partnered with people from all walks of life to create access to decent and affordable housing for over 5 million people worldwide. Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity began in 1984 and was built on those same guiding principles. A group of local residents came together out of their concern for the need of affordable homeownership housing in Chittenden County and we have grown ever since.
Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
At Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity we know that our strength and success relies on the power of people who come together to make a difference regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any other distinctions that too often divide people. Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity welcomes Volunteers, Employees, Donors, Homebuyers, and Supporters from all walks of life and will foster respect for diversity and inclusiveness through our words and our actions.
A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out
Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity builds homes with Homebuyers—not for them—as equal partners. Habitat Homeowners build alongside Volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage and other regular expenses that come with owning a home.
The Power of Homeownership
We believe in the power of homeownership to build strength, stability, independence and opportunity for families and communities.
Focus on Community
Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity is committed not just to building homes, but to building community.
Volunteerism as a Social Change Strategy
Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity Volunteers are our ambassadors and partners in helping to change the world. We are committed to offering opportunities for people in our community to put their values into action.
We strive to create strong, productive and mutually-beneficial partnerships with like-minded organizations in service of our common vision—a community where everyone has a decent place to live.
Transparency and Accountability
We are committed to the efficient use of our financial, environmental and human resources and to full and accurate reporting to our Donors, Volunteers and Partners.
Board of Directors
|Board Member Name||Work Background|
|Ted Johnson, President||Independent Consultant, former IBM Eng Development Mgr|
|Lillian Colasurdo||Assistant Attorney General for the Vermont Department of Health|
|Joe Cassidy||Retired; former controller The Orvis Company|
|Dick Shasteen||Former IBM Manufacturing Engineering Mgr|
|Steven Gruber||Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch|
|Alison Sherman||Associate Estate Planning Attorney at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC|
|Lori Crowley||VP Marketing, Members Advantage Community Credit Union|
|Rebecca Gray||VP Merchandising, Gardeners Supply Company|
|Margarita Warren||Attorney, Dinse|
|Dave Ericson||Realtor, KW Vermont|
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller and now operates in 70 countries.
Habitat for Humanity International’s mission
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Habitat for Humanity and its affiliate organizations will not proselytize. Nor will Habitat work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with Habitat. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.
We receive NO funding from Habitat for Humanity International and must raise all funding locally.
Vermont Affiliates and Chapters
Green Mountain Habitat is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International and operates as an independent non-profit organization. Our affiliate includes two chapters: Franklin-Grand Isle Habitat and Lamoille County Habitat. Each chapter has their own board of directors, raises funds independently, and decides on their own projects yet seeks advice and support whenever needed. Collectively, we work to alleviate poverty housing for our most vulnerable neighbors.
Together GMHfH and our chapters serve the entire Northwest corner of Vermont from the Canadian border in the north to the Mount Mansfield valley in the east to the Lake Champlain islands to the west. Six other affiliates serve the rest of Vermont.
To learn about other Habitat affiliates in Vermont, click here to go to the Vermont Affiliates website.