Habitat for Humanity of Eagle County brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope through construction of simple, decent, affordable homes. In Eagle County, the average cost of home ownership is $450,000 compared to the state average of $236,000. The area’s high cost of living is a significant challenge for the majority of Eagle County residents, especially those working in the service sector. Currently, 31% of Eagle County residents spend more than half of their monthly income on housing.
Habitat for Humanity of Eagle County does an extraordinary job leveraging local resources to drive down the cost of the homes. For example, not far away from many of Habitat’s constructed homes in Gypsum is the local drywall plant, a main producer of drywall for much of the United States. Habitat has built a relationship with the plant to claim drywall that could not be sold to the general public. As a result, Habitat has built the majority of their homes without having to purchase drywall, freeing up resources for additional projects.