Our Mission

Our Vision

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Our Mission Statement

Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Who Are We

In November 1994, several people from the Pocatello community attended two organizational meetings and demonstrated an interest in forming a local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. They felt our community had a profound need to provide simple, decent, and affordable housing.

The 1990 Census indicated that 7% of the people in Pocatello were paying 50% of their income on housing. Idaho State University demographics showed that 13% of people in Pocatello were spending 75% of their income on housing.

The booming economy has consumed the affordable housing stock in Southeast Idaho. Many older homes have been renovated and, as a result, they are no longer affordable. Others have been converted into apartment complexes to accommodate college students. As a result, many properties are not suited for families with children and most available properties are not considered affordable.

In Spring 1995, a Board of Directors was formed and in February 1996, the affiliate application process had been completed and submitted. On April 1, 1996, Gateway Habitat for Humanity became a chartered affiliate and in the same year, received its certificate of incorporation from the State of Idaho.

We seek to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Our particular focus is on the Southeast portion of Idaho.

Our goal is to build simple, decent, affordable houses by working in partnership with low-income families and using volunteer labor and donated materials. Gateway Habitat homes are sold at no profit and are financed with affordable, no-interest loans. Mortgage payments are made to Gateway Habitat and go into a revolving fund to help build more houses for needy families in our area.

All are welcome

Gateway Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide.

How Do We Use Your Gift to Gateway Habitat

Your gift goes immediately toward construction of a Habitat home. Similar to an endowment gift, your donation is never used up. The mortgage payments from each house are used to build the next house. Over time, your gift will continue to provide housing for needy families.

As an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Gateway Habitat is completely autonomous. However, because we believe our "neighborhood" stretches beyond our local community, we contribute ten percent of our cash donations to help fund Habitat projects in Mexico (our international partner).