Founded in 1991, Habitat for Humanity of the Magic Valley was formed as an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International serving Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka and Twin Falls Counties in South-Central Idaho.
Our mission is to work in partnership with God and people from all walks of life, to grow people in need by building and renovating houses so that there are simple, decent and affordable houses in the Magic Valley, and beyond, in which every person can experience God’s love and can live and grow into all that God intends.
In Twin Falls County, 14.5% of the population lives in poverty. That is over 10,000 people, including more than 2,000 children which is more than the combined attendance of both of Twin Falls’ High Schools! Many of those in poverty have sub-standard housing. Sub-standard housing is defined as housing that is overcrowded, unsafe, non-existent (for the homeless) or too expensive (spending over 30% of the family’s income on housing). According to the latest census numbers, 3,563 households live in sub-standard housing in Twin Falls alone. The total for the United States is 95 million people who have housing problems – almost a third of the country. But we can and are making a difference. Here in the Magic Valley, we have helped over 30 families get into simple, decent and affordable homes. Nationally, Habitat has helped tens of thousands.
The problem is not limited to our country- it is global. World wide, 1.6 billion people live in sub-standard housing and 100 million are homeless. That is why Habitat for Humanity is not just a local effort but a global one. Every Habitat Affiliate in the United States, including Habitat for Humanity of the Magic Valley, tithes 10% of all the donations we receive to Habitat International to help build homes in the developing world. To date, Habitat for Humanity International has built over 600,000 homes world wide. Habitat for Humanity of the Magic Valley’s tithe has built 30 homes outside of the United States, in addition to the homes we have built here in Idaho.