2018, Here We Come!

I want to thank everyone for all the time they donated to us last year. Without your help we could not continue to do the amazing work we do–working to ensure that everyone has a decent place to live.

Right now our volunteer opportunities seem to be hibernating, like the grizzly bears. But have no fear, here in the office we are working hard, so when the weather warms up we will be ready for you!

In order to serve more families, here’s what we have planned for 2018.

We will:

  • Advocate for affordable housing
  • Continue our affordable home ownership program by building one new home on Haiti Street in Warrenton
  • Implement affordable home repair services to include two major home repairs and three minor repair projects
  • Expand our family education programs
  • Develop partnerships to address the need for affordable rental properties
  • Build our community coalition to address additional areas that impact the quality of life in our service area

In the meantime, if you have some time now we are looking for committee members. Our committees are a great way to give back to your community. If you are interested in joining our Building, Faith Relations, Family Partnership, Family Selection or Real Estate Committees, please email me.

Image credit: Tom Bartkiewicz

Find Your Next #DIY Project at the ReStore

You never know what you might find at the ReStore – that’s why it’s such a fun shopping experience!

Furniture for sale at the ReStore is in use-able condition as is, but some pieces that are perceived as outdated may get overlooked. That’s where the creative DIYer can find their best inspiration. With a little ingenuity and elbow grease, and some help from Pinterest, you can transform almost any piece of furniture into something completely different,  fun and exciting.

Like & Follow the Fauquier Habitat ReStore on Facebook for updates on items received, sales and DIY Wednesday posts.

Fauquier Habitat for Humanity invites local families to apply for new Habitat home

Press Release – January 16, 2018

Warrenton, Va.–Fauquier Habitat is now planning construction of its 56th house which will be built in Warrenton. Interested home applicants are invited to attend a homeowner information session on February 15 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Warrenton Baptist Church located at 123 Main Street, Warrenton, VA 20186. At the meeting, attendees will learn about the Habitat Homeownership Program, be able to pick up an application packet and have an opportunity to ask questions.

Eligibility criteria for a Habitat home include a need for safe and decent housing, the ability to pay an affordable mortgage and a willingness to partner with Habitat. Homeowners assist in building their own home and the homes of others and attend educational workshops on topics such as financial literacy and home maintenance so they are well prepared to be successful homeowners.

“Anyone who has lived in Fauquier County for one year, is in need of decent shelter and does not own their own home is welcomed to apply,” said Edda Berglund, Family Selection Committee chairperson.

Fauquier Habitat is now kicking off a fundraising campaign with a goal of $150,000 to build the home. Construction will begin as soon as the home is completely funded.

“Only through donations of money, materials and volunteer labor from the community is Fauquier Habitat able to provide low-income families an affordable place to live,” said Paul Linz, Executive Director of Fauquier Habitat. “We are grateful for anyone who can join us and help families build stronger foundations for the future here in our community.”

To Donate: Visit www.fauquierhabitat.org or mail a check to Fauquier Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 3189, Warrenton, VA 20188

To RSVP for the meeting: Call or email Fauquier Habitat at 540-341-4952 or chris@fauquierhabitat.org

To Volunteer to help build: Call or email Fauquier Habitat at 540-341-4952 or chris@fauquierhabitat.org

Fauquier Habitat for Humanity has worked since 1991 to eliminate substandard housing and make decent, affordable housing an option for all families. It is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. Fauquier Habitat for Humanity builds houses for qualified homebuyers regardless of race, religion or background.

Addressing the Affordable Housing Crisis

The affordable housing crisis is hitting rural, urban and suburban communities alike, as well as people of all ethnicities, cultures and faiths. More than 7 million extremely low-income families do not have an affordable place to call home and half a million people are living on the street, in shelters, or in their cars on any given night, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC). The Hill reports that “the problem is systemic and is reaching almost epidemic proportions. Rents are soaring in every state and community at the same time when most Americans haven’t seen enough of an increase in their paychecks.”

According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development:

  • Families who pay more than 30 percent of their income for housing are considered cost burdened and may have difficulty affording necessities such as food, clothing, transportation and medical care.
  • An estimated 12 million renter and homeowner households now pay more than 50 percent of their annual incomes for housing.
  • A family with one full-time worker earning the minimum wage cannot afford the local fair-market rent for a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the United States.

Habitat’s Work

Habitat for Humanity is one organization that works to create affordable housing for families around the world. We build. We repair and rehabilitate. We advocate for vital resources to build homes and improve communities. We partner with families to improve — and stabilize — their housing conditions.

Since 1976, Habitat has helped 9.8 million people find strength, stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter.

Haley's Huntly Home
Fauquier Habitat’s latest build in Huntly, VA, nears completion.



Additional Solutions – Granny Pods!

Increasingly, more organizations, government entities and individuals are searching for affordable housing solutions for the millions of families in need. That’s why we love this story about the influx of Granny Pods in Portland, Oregon:


Fauquier Habitat for Humanity Installs New President for 2015


January 30, 2015
CONTACT: Brenda Drerenberger
540 349 4952

Warrenton, Va. – Fauquier Habitat for Humanity begins 2015 with the installation of new board members and a new President. Kim Forsten, owner of Old Town Athletics, has taken on the leadership of the Board of Directors of Fauquier Habitat for Humanity. Kim has served on the board since 2012 and has served as an officer for the last two years. Jim Hricko served as President of the Board for three years and retired at the end of December. Under Jim’s leadership, the Board set the path for completing the Sterling Court project by the fall of 2015. This project began in 2009 and has been Fauquier Habitat’s main focus. The Sterling Court Project is located in the Town of Warrenton and, when completed, will provide decent, affordable homes to 14 qualified, local families. “Sterling Court was a huge undertaking for our affiliate,” stated Dana Pappas, Treasurer of the Board of Directors. “We have been dedicated to this project since 2009; we look forward to taking on other challenges.”

“The coming year is an incredibly important year for Fauquier Habitat,” stated Kim Forsten “and I am honored to be asked to lead our board during this time. Not only will we be finishing the Sterling Court project, we will be setting the path for our affiliate for 2016 and beyond. It is a blank canvas – how many houses will we build, where will we build, and what other type of work can we accomplish that fulfills our mission and serves the most people, and most importantly, how do we support that work.”

New members joining the board this year are Ron Aiani, a local lawyer; Krista Coyner, former Chair of Women Build; Dr. Bonnie Foster, a local Dentist; Ray Knott, Sr. VP of Union First Market Bank; and Faye Walker, a Habitat homeowner. “Each year, as we look for new members to serve on the board, we try to identify what talents, expertise or business experience we need to add that will make our board most effective,” said Brenda Drerenberger, Executive Director of Fauquier Habitat. “I have truly enjoyed and been inspired by all of my board members, however, this year is such a critical year for our affiliate, that it was important that we reached out for very specific talent and expertise. I believe we have a board in place that will take us to a higher level of service, and I look forward to working with them.”

Since its inception, Fauquier Habitat has built and/or rehabbed 51 homes in Fauquier and Rappahannock Counties. This work is accomplished through the support of volunteer labor and community donations. For information about how you can support our work, please contact our office 540-341-4952 or email us at info@fauquierhabitat.org.

About Fauquier Habitat for Humanity: Celebrating over 20 years of serving our community, Fauquier Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with the Fauquier and Rappahannock County communities to eliminate the blight of poverty housing. Since 1991, it has built 48 homes and rehabilitated several others for qualified, local families that need a hand up. Like all Habitat for Humanity recipients, Fauquier Habitat For Humanity families pass a detailed qualification process, participate in a continuing education program, and invest hundreds of hours of their own labor into building their Habitat houses. Once they move in, they make regular mortgage payments and remain engaged in Habitat For Humanity’s ongoing education program as well as their community. Habitat mortgages are paid at cost; we make no profit on these homes. The principal portion of the mortgage payment when received is returned to the building fund to build future homes. Fauquier Habitat For Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International.

Fauquier Habitat is located at 34 Beckham Street, Warrenton, VA. It is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. You can follow Fauquier Habitat on twitter @fauquierhabitat and on facebook .