Celebrating 35 Years
1987 – Founded by Carl Umland
1988 – First house closed in December with Ms. Dorothy Howard, a working grandmother who raised eight grandchildren in her home, and this year paid off her mortgage;
1998 – 100 homes built in one week during Jimmy Carter Work Project (unmatched record);
2002 – 56 homes built in response to Tropical Storm Allison;
2004 – SuperBUILD XXXVIII – built 38 homes to celebrate Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston;
2006 – over 100 homes built or under construction with survivor families of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita as well as 40 homes with native Houstonian families;
2007 – Celebrated 20th anniversary by breaking ground on Umland Park, future home to 125 families;
2008 – built and closed 94 homes, purchased 117 acre tract on Tidwell Road eventually to be home to 450 families, notified of $1,000,000 challenge grant from Houston Endowment for land and development costs, made plans to raise $1M match, and secured additional home sponsorships;
2009 – Completing Umland Park and making plans for the Tidwell Road property, working to raise $1M in matching funds to the Houston Endowment pledge;
2010 – reached $1M pledge deadline on schedule in November, started new build program in Milby Park featuring new floor plans, and working with new homeowners coming into the program;
2011 – Launched Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative in Fifth Ward, constructed 14 of 17 homes awarded through a $1.4 Million partnership with HUD and City of Houston, began plans for HH 25th Anniversary in 2012;
2012 – Held 2nd Annual MLK Day of Service, hosting 1,000 volunteers for projects in Fifth Ward, continuing 12 months of activities for 2012 in celebration of 25th anniversary culminating in fall gala.
2013 – Awarded $1M in Home Bond Funds from City of Houston for construction of 11 homes in Fifth Ward. Homes completed by September 1 with high profile dedication, ended year with total of 37 homes built
2014 – Began with strong plans for development of Harrel Park Section 2 and continuation of construction based on house sponsorships in Section 1;
2015 – Our Neighborhood Revitalization program began focusing on the Settegast community with the purchase of additional properties and repairs.
2016 – Held a Housing Symposium bringing awareness not only to the need of affordable housing, but also the barriers that stand in the way of minorities. Partner families participated in the event which was open to donors, business, education and those in the community in support of the Habitat mission.
2017 – Launched SuperBUILD 51, challenging the community to build or repair 51 low to median income homes, in celebration of the NFL Super Bowl LI, hosted by Houston this year. 2017 was Houston Habitat’s 30-year anniversary celebration luncheon, In August 2017 Hurricane Harvey hit Houston and Houston Habitat began its largest disaster recovery effort to date;
2018 – Continued disaster relief and home repair in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. New construction slowed due to Harvey; Opened ReStore 2 on West 34th Street.
2019 – Over 450 homes have been mold remediated and repaired and new homes are now under construction for those families who cannot return to their previous homes. City of Houston calculates this work will continue for three to five more years. Launched the Build Your Future
On-the-Job Training Program;
2020 – Completed Settegast revitalization initiatives, business dramatically slowed in March 2020 due to the global pandemic, initiated virtual dedications and homeownership information sessions to continue serving those in need of affordable housing, ReStores reopened in late May and did well despite limited hours, Launched the Core Volunteer Program.
2021 – Completed funding the infrastructure for Robins Landing a 128 acre master planned community fully amenitized for low-to-moderate income Houstonians. Launched the online ReStore
2022 – Celebrating 35 years, officially broke ground on Robins Landing, received transformational gift of $11 million from MacKenzie Scott