Habitat for Humanity – Colville Valley Partners is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity – CVP is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. Habitat raises money, recruits volunteers, and constructs simple, decent houses for eligible low-income families. It sells these homes at cost with a long-term interest-free loan, working in partnership with the families who invest hundreds of hours of "sweat equity" in building their home and/or another Habitat home. With the philosophy that people need capital, not charity, and co-workers, not caseworkers, the vision of Habitat is to build or rehabilitate homes for people who have no other means of obtaining better shelter. The local housing shortage is critical, especially for decent yet affordable homes. While Habitat can't fully solve this problem, it can be one important part of the solution.