Habitat for Humanity has become well known for its disaster response efforts. In addition to reconstructing housing in areas after natural calamities and other emergencies, Habitat operates from a “pathway to permanence” model. This philosophy prioritizes quick construction of new housing, using temporary measures to stabilize the situation so that medical, livelihood, and sanitation needs can be addressed.
One example of this approach involves sustainable recovery from floods in Colorado and other states that eliminated over 2,000 homes, damaged 17,000 others, and forced the evacuation of 11,000 people. Habitat called on local volunteers to begin removing debris as it brought in other Habitat chapters to assist. The agency anticipates a three-year program for a complete rebuilding of homes and infrastructure around Boulder, Loveland, Millenkin, and Longmont.