Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity (Dallas Habitat) has received $9 million.
The gift from American author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott is the largest unrestricted donation in the organization’s 36-year history. This transformational donation will substantially help further Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has equitable access to a safe, decent and affordable place to call home.
“This generous and unexpected gift from MacKenzie Scott will ensure that we can go much further and faster in our efforts to serve our mission,” said Dave Crawford, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity CEO. “As the cost of land continues to dramatically rise across our region, a gift of this magnitude ensures we are able to make significant land investments that will help keep the cost of homes within reach for thousands of Dallas residents. We are immensely grateful to Ms. Scott, and our hope is that this donation inspires others to take a look at how their gifts to Dallas Habitat can build on this momentum, and this new $9 million fertile ground.”
Dallas Habitat provides financial education and affordable homes for lower-income Dallas families to purchase. Over the next several years, Dallas Habitat will use the $9 million donation to purchase and develop land in areas where it currently builds, such as the Joppa and West Dallas neighborhoods, and potentially new areas that, until now, were unattainable for the nonprofit organization.
Securing land as well as investing in innovative financial literacy programs are how Dallas Habitat can help ensure that as costs around us increase, the organization will remain in a position to keep Habitat homes affordable, and Dallas families achieving their dreams of homeownership.
Habitat for Humanity International also received a gift from Ms. Scott, as did 83 U.S. Habitat affiliate organizations, totaling $436 million. “Habitat works to break down barriers and bring people together — to tear down obstacles and build a world where everyone, no matter who we are or where we come from, has a decent place to live,” said Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford. “This incredible gift helps make that work possible.”
The donation provides Dallas Habitat with the ability to significantly invest in critical resources. Because Dallas County has an approximate 20,000 affordable housing shortage, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity says there is still a dire need for additional support.