Austin Habitat for Humanity broke ground Nov. 9 for a new facility to house construction operations and retail processing for its three local ReStores, which sell discounted items for home improvement and gently-used furniture, appliances and building materials, according to a press release.

Estimated for completion in July 2022, the almost 20,000-square-foot warehouse located at 3300 S. Hwy. 183, Austin, will consist of two buildings intended to streamline operations for the organization, according to the press release.

“Capacity building is critical to reaching our big goals, and this warehouse designed specifically for our unique business model is the next step for our organization,” CEO Phyllis Snodgrass said.

This project will be partially funded by the organization’s ReStores, which will be able to accept larger donations and increase quality control following the completion of the warehouse, the press release said. With the addition of space for further growth, the organization anticipates this project will assist in providing Austin with much-needed affordable housing, according to the press release.

“With our community needing affordable housing now more than ever, additional space will accommodate our affiliate’s growth,” said Billy Whipple, Austin Habitat for Humanity’s senior vice president of construction.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization focused on building affordable homes for those in need while reducing waste. After 36 years in operation, Austin’s branch of the organization celebrated its 500th home build in July and has set the goal to build 500 more homes in the next five years, according to the press release.