KING5: ‘Women Build’ May 4 Seattle event: ‘Every child, person and family deserves a safe and stable home’

Our Resource Development Volunteer of the Year award recipient, Linda Hoffner, appeared on KING5 Weekend Morning to promote our annual Women Build event. Linda has been such a wonderful contributor to Women Build over the years. We are so thankful for her support and everyone else who makes this such a great event each year.

Click the link to learn more about Women Build.

Habitat Celebrates 17 Years of Women Building for Women

This year’s Women Build program will offer multiple points of participation for individuals, friendship teams, and women from area organizations to fund projects, build affordable homes, and revitalize neighborhoods.  From April 27 to May 18, area women will be empowered  to help move Habitat’s mission forward by doing everything from working in Habitat stores to joining construction and repair teams on site.  

The purpose of Women Build is to honor the central role that women play to empower one another, make an impact, and change lives. The bonus for participants is to learn and share skills, support local women homeowners, and to build up King County, together.

In the program’s 17 years, women from all walks of life have given back to their communities and enriched their own lives while making a real difference in the lives of our region’s hard-working, low-income families. Women Build volunteers are empowered to help ensure affordable housing continues to be built. This program gives women the satisfaction that comes with giving hands-up help to other women and their families.  

This year’s co-sponsor for Women Build is Prime Electric, inspired by Lisa K who participated in past Women Build events, “I have been telling everyone that my experience on the Habitat for Humanity Women Build far exceeded my expectations and was

truly one of the most empowering experiences of my life! Truly.”

April 27 – May 18, 2024

  • Women of Impact Build: May 4
  • Group Builds: April 29 – May 11
  • Individual Builds: May 13-18

(Individual volunteers will be asked to donate $150 to take part in a Women Build day)

To sign up individually or for your organization, go to  Habitat Women Build.

To take advantage of corporate sponsorship opportunities, get in touch with alex.wyatt@habitatskc.org

Habitat’s Capitol View Community Houses Women-Led Families

For 16 years, women from all walks of life, corporate and independent businesses and organizations have worked with Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King & Kittitas Counties to fund projects, build homes, and revitalize neighborhoods via the Women Build program.  Over the course of three weeks this year, from April 29 through May 13, working side-by-side with our homeowners and volunteers, women will once again empower one another and help to address the affordable housing crisis.  

Habitat’s recently dedicated community in Capitol Hill – Capitol View – is another in the growing list of examples of how women are supporting women to obtain safe, affordable housing in the region. Nine of the 13 new homes in the Capitol View development are now owned by women-led families.  For a virtual tour of the Capitol View development, follow this link: Capitol View Virtual Tour

Meet the Vo Family

When Willa Vo and her family accepted the keys to their Capitol View home on March 4, it was the reward for six years of hard work.  Willa and her family landed in Seattle from Vietnam, when housing prices were two-thirds below today’s.  Willa, her mother Truc, and sister Thalia worked hard and saved. Still, area home prices outpaced their efforts, making a market home purchase impossible. But Habitat’s Capitol View development revived their hopes for homeownership. “Habitat for Humanity helped me have a home with an affordable price,” says Willa. Today, she and her Mom have shorter commutes to their work in an Amazon fulfillment warehouse.  Thalia is a full time UW student, and they all pursue their love of exploring the region with the free time they’ve gained.  “We have our own completely-new-home, and the affordable mortgage allows us to save for our next dream – opening a restaurant.”

Veronica Fleming Helps Others with Housing

Veronica Fleming moved from Atlanta to Seattle in summer 2021 with a freshly earned bachelor’s degree in psychology and a new job as a Housing Social Worker. She quickly fell in love with the city, especially Capitol Hill. However, when she arrived in Seattle, she learned homeownership was beyond her financial reach…until she found Habitat. Today, Veronica enjoys her own home in the Capitol View development. From her work with housing, she’s keenly aware of the important role housing stability plays in the stability of life overall. She already enjoys the reduction in anxiety that comes with permanent, stable, affordable housing and the welcome impact it’s having on her mental health. “Owning my own home brings me stability, not just rent stability but consistency and lack of fear of leases ending.” And Veronica now has easy access to all there is to discover in and around the city from her Capitol Hill home.

Resilience is Becauley Elsie’s Super Power

Becaley Elsie could be a poster child for resilience.  She came to Seattle from Phoenix, AZ  to work with a theater group. When that opportunity evaporated, she found herself homeless and jobless for a short time, but she was already in love with the city and determined to stay. She found a job as a commercial bus driver while completing her sweat equity hours and preparing to move into her new Capitol View home.  Becauley and her four ‘cat daughters’ accepted the keys to their new home on March 4, delighted for the space to “chase anything that moves,” and the room to host her beloved nephew when he visits. Today she’s concentrating her efforts on a career in podcasting, art, stand-up, and running workshops to heal trauma, while pursuing her passion for small theater. She specializes in the healing process and hopes to expand her reach to help more people. She’s happy to be living in the city where she’s close to the arts and diversity. With her Habitat home, Becauley happily declares, “I am breaking a generational cycle of never owning a home.”

These women and the others currently housed in the Capitol View community have benefited directly from the efforts of other women through Women Build.  This year’s two-week event culminates with a Women of Impact Build on May 6, where volunteers come together to build new affordable homes for hardworking, low-income families at a local project.

It’s not too late to sign up for a spot at Women Build – click here for more information: Habitat for Humaniity SKKC Women Build

Women Build 2022 April 30-May 7

Get ready for Women Build 2022!

Women Build is a community of Seattle-King County women and organizations coming together to empower one another, make an impact, and change lives. The women of King County fund projects, build homes, and revitalize neighborhoods working side-by-side with our homeowners and volunteers.

We are excited to announce our schedule of events for this year’s Women Build. We hope you will join us for one or more of our events! Thank you all for stepping up to empower women and build an affordable future for families in King County!

Highlights from Women Build 2021

Check out all the photos from the event here

Find our news coverage on KIRO7 here

Join us on March 8 for a Virtual Home Tour Celebrating International Women’s Day

Habitat for Humanity’s International Women Build Week, March 8-12, and created in partnership with Lowe’s, highlights the global need for women’s access to safe and affordable housing. Despite the constraints caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Habitat and Lowe’s remain committed to raising awareness for the need for safe and affordable housing among women.

Join us in celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th at 12:00 pm noon with an inspiring virtual home tour of one of our Lake City townhomes! They are nearing completion, and you’re invited to get a peek inside to learn more about the homes, the people who built them, and the families who will be calling them home.

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. As many know, women working in trades can expand women’s role in the economy, decrease inequality, and improve women’s access to skills and education. During our video tour and conversation, we will be highlighting:

Virtual home tour
  • The all-female AmeriCorps construction crew who have been building at Lake City this year
  • A female head of household family who is purchasing one of these homes
  • The work, materials, and features that go into the modern, green, and efficient homes we build

In Washington, 1 in 7 households pay half or more of their income on their home. Women are disproportionality affected by this severe cost-burden and make up a larger share of U.S. households living in poverty. At Habitat for Humanity we know that safe, affordable housing means that individuals and families can thrive. However, women face challenges that make it more difficult to access this basic need. Join in and listen as we talk about how Habitat has partnered with women and helps to empower them to take the path of home ownership.

Don’t miss this engaging discussion and celebration of the women of Habitat! Mark your calendars for Monday, March 8th at noon, and register for free by emailing: Alex.Wyatt@Habitatskc.org to receive your link to the Zoom Webinar.

Watch the event here-