JUNE 1, 2024.

  It is with great sadness that Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fredericksburg will cease
operations on June 1, 2024.

  Unfortunately, the original Habitat for Humanity model of volunteers building
affordable homes with interest free mortgages for low-income families is not sustainable in our
community’s housing market. While our Habitat Home Repair and Preservation program is
quite successful, we do not fulfill the other Habitat for Humanity requirement to also build new
homes. We will join many other Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Texas that have also closed.
The number of Texas affiliates has decreased from 85 in 2020 to fewer than 60 in 2024 with
another 10 expected to close within the next 3 years. Those closing are mostly all volunteer
affiliates in rural communities that, like ours, receive no direct financial benefits from Habitat
for Humanity International. The new Habitat for Humanity International model is focused on
large professionally managed urban affiliates that have access to funding from corporations and
large granting institutions as well as support of local government.

  After a thorough evaluation of our alternatives, our Board of Directors will leave Habitat
for Humanity International to merge our mission and financial assets with the Hill Country
Needs Council, one of our communities largest and most successful nonprofit organizations
with a well-earned reputation for good management and excellent service in Gillespie County.
We are grateful to the Board of Directors of the Needs Council for accepting us into their family
and for assuring us they will restrict our transferred funds to housing solutions for local families.
This commitment allows the original donors to Habitat to rest assured that their gifts will
continue to serve Gillespie County residents.

  Our closing ends a fabulous 30-year legacy of giving to our community by supporting
home ownership for working families who provide services we all need. We are grateful for our
community’s overwhelming support and for the families we have had the privilege to serve.
Though Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fredericksburg will cease, the mission to which we are
all committed will continue. We hope you will continue to support safe decent housing for
Gillespie County residents through your donations to the Hill Country Needs Council Housing

Board of Directors:

Leonard Bentch, President
Shelby Beer, Vice President
Suzan Gallion, Secretary
Janice Menking, Treasurer
Richard Aide
Jessica Contreras
Louis Dubuque
Gilbert Gonzales
Keith Masters