40 Years of impact: 40 facts about Habitat Metro Denver and housing
Habitat Metro Denver was founded in 1979.The population of metro Denver in 1979 was 492,365 and the average price for a single-family home was $66,051, with today’s inflation this comes to $196,816.
In 1980, we completed our first home. It took a total investment of $40,000 to buy the land and complete renovations on the 4-bedroom, 1,141 square foot home.
In 1981 Denver saw its highest mortgage interest rate at 18.45%. Affordability dropped to an all-time low and the mortgage rates priced most Americans out of the market. It took years for home sales to rebound.
In 1985 we made our first investment in Habitat homes internationally. Global sponsorship is part of our local mission, and we have invested more than $3 million to support Habitat’s global work to date.
In 1988, we hired our first full-time staff member, a construction supervisor.
Former President Jimmy Carter made his first visit to Habitat in Denver in 1988, when he attended a home dedication ceremony.
During the Colorado Rockies 1993 inaugural season, over 900 Habitat Metro Denver volunteers worked the concessions of the first 52 games.
In 1993, we completed our first all women-built home. Now Women Builds are an annual tradition we have continued to this day.
During our second Summer Blitz Build in 1994, 4,000 volunteers built four homes in Thornton over the course of one month.
We built our 100th home in 1997, the homeowners still live there to this day.
It took us 18 years to serve our 100th family, and today we’re serving nearly 200 families each year.
After the Columbine shooting tragedy in 1999, we partnered with Chevrolet to build the John Tomlin Memorial house. In addition to sponsoring the home, Chevrolet restored Johns old Chevy truck for his father.
2001, we were awarded the ENERGY STAR New Millennium Builder Award for Most Energy Efficient Home in Colorado.
We opened our first Habitat ReStore in 2004, today we now have four Restore Home Improvement Outlets across the metro Denver area.
In 2004 we were recognized as National Habitat for Humanity Affiliate of the Year.
Partnering with National Renewable Energy Lab, we built our first net-zero energy home in 2004.
In 2006 we partnered with 15 local homebuilders for our first Home Builders Blitz to build 15 homes in one week.
In 2006 we cut the ribbon in celebration and opened the Wheat Ridge ReStore.
We built our first transit-oriented development in 2010, near Colorado Boulevard and I-25.
Partnering with Colorado Visiting Nurses Association, we launched the CAPABLE Program in 2018, enabling older adults to live independently and safely in their own homes.
Colorado is the 7th fastest growing state in the U.S as of 2018.
Partnering with West Denver Renaissance Collaborative (WDRC) and Green Mountain High School’s Geometry in Construction students, we are building our first accessory dwelling unit (ADU). The ADU Pilot Program provides qualified homeowners development, design, financial, and construction resources to develop an ADU.
During the 2019 Collegiate Challenge over 80 students from across the country spent their spring breaks volunteering with Habitat Denver on construction sites and inside ReStores.
In 2019, we reached the important milestone of serving our 1,000th local family.
We want to make our next 40 years as amazing as our first 40 years! Your financial support, time, and voice will help more future homeowners build or improve a safe and decent place where they can call home