About Homes for Islanders
To work independently and with other housing organizations throughout San Juan County to provide all types of housing and housing assistance to very low, low and moderate income residents, and other residents in need.
The Housing Problem
San Juan County has the highest median home price of any county in Washington State --$585,000 in the 3rd quarter of 2007. The gap between wages and housing costs makes it impossible for most working people to own a home. This gap will surely continue to grow, and many working families with skills valuable to the community will be forced to move away.
Who we are
Homes for Islanders (HFI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (through Rural Development) to assist limited income families interested in building their own homes. Click here to read a short article on the USDA rural self-help program and how it is helping working people in the state of Washington and the San Juan Islands.
Our services are free to our clients. See the Eligibility page for information on what it takes to qualify for the program.
What we do
HFI works closely with you through the entire process of building your home, from assistance in applying for the Rural Housing loan to construction budgeting and instructions and supervision during every phase of the construction process. See the FAQ page for more details.