Habitat gives low-income families a path to homeownership


Having a safe, affordable place to live can be a challenge for low-income families. Rent in many areas of Pierce County and the Puget Sound continues to increase, straining budgets. And often homes with lower rents can present health challenges – lead, poor ventilation, mold, overcrowding. But a local organization offers help to families in the region.

For the last 32 years, Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity has supported families that might not have any other way to own their own home.

“Affordable housing is at a crisis point here in Tacoma-Pierce County. There just isn't enough of it,” says Elliot Stockstad, Director of Development at Habitat. “Habitat is one of the only organizations of its kind. It's increasingly critical, in times like this, where not only are there not enough rental opportunities, but definitely for families that would like to break the cycle of poverty and get into a home of their own.”

Habitat develops neighborhoods around Pierce County that allow low-income families to fulfill the dream of homeownership. To qualify, families must make a minimal down payment and commit up to 200 hours of sweat equity building their own home and the homes of other Habitat families.

The Woods at Golden Given in Parkland is of the recent projects for Habitat. For the last couple of years, thousands of volunteers have helped homeowners construct 30 homes. Habitat relies on organizations to donate their time and resources to fulfill their vision. 

Volunteer for Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity

Video by Chris Ceresa & Marce Edwards

This story was produced in support of MultiCare’s mission, “partnering for healing and a healthy future.” We support community organizations working on initiatives, programs and projects that improve our community. Some of the nonprofits profiled are recipients of MultiCare’s Community Partnership Fund.