Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity officially became a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in 1986. In the early years, dedicated volunteers completed the first Habitat home in Dallas in 1990, for the Smith family. The Smith family paid off their mortgage in 2003. Fifty three Habitat homebuyer families have since paid off their mortgages and own their homes outright.
In 1989, Dallas Habitat received a donation of 28 tax and lien-encumbered homes and lots. In partnership with Dallas Area Interfaith, a loan from Habitat International, and personal loans from Dallas Habitat board members, Habitat was able to accept the properties, payoff the debts, and clear the titles. This acquisition of land assets, including a few rental properties, helped establish a stable financial footing. Dallas Habitat’s first office was one of these homes on Hudson Street.
In 1993, with support from the Dallas Junior League, Dallas Habitat became one of the first affiliates in the nation to construct a Women Build home – built and funded entirely by women. Dallas Habitat has since constructed 25 Women Build homes, including one built entirely by breast cancer survivors.
In 1996, Dallas Habitat opened its first ReStore on Bryan Street, selling donated appliances, building materials, and surplus windows, doors, fixtures and salvaged items from teardown homes. Dallas Habitat opened its second ReStore in Garland in September, 2001 and in 2011 the third ReStore opened in Northwest Dallas. In 2004, Dallas Habitat moved to its current location in when it renovated and occupied a 133,000 square foot facility in West Dallas on Hampton at Singleton where we operate a ReStore and maintain the main warehouse for all stores. Income from Habitat’s ReStores contributes directly to the operating budget ensuring that donated dollars go directly to the mission.
Over the years, Dallas Habitat has built over 1000 homes throughout many neighborhoods with the support of generous donors, volunteers, and partner families. Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity has also built community centers, elder-friendly duplexes, formed neighborhood associations and developed after-school programs in neighborhoods it serves.
Dallas Habitat embraced building energy-efficient homes in 2004 by building all homes to the Energy Star Certified level. This commitment was further cemented in 2009 when all homes began to be constructed to Energy Star, EPA Indoor Air Quality Plus and LEED Certified standards. These upfront capital investments enhance the quality of Dallas Habitat homes ensuring that homeowners will have consistent utility costs and a sustainable home that will last. The Dallas Habitat offices are also becoming more energy efficient with the installation of solar array panels on the roof through the support of Green Mountain Energy Company and Oncor, making Dallas Habitat the first affiliate in the country to have solar array panels on the office and ReStore locations.
Today, Dallas Habitat is the largest non-profit homebuilder and largest single-family residential builder in the City of Dallas; and we also offer homes in Grand Prairie, Lancaster, DeSoto, Duncanville, and Cedar Hill. Dallas Habitat completes a home every three days. Dallas Habitat has recently announced operations in Kaufman County that will begin in 2013.