Alumni in the News

Mr. Todd A. Cottle – B.A., Marketing, 1993

Herald Journal

Habitat for Humanity, a national nonprofit that builds homes for low-income families, has named a new executive director for the Cache Valley chapter. Todd Cottle of Logan recently took on the job and said he thinks there is a lot of work to be done. “My task is to take what was dormant and put new life into it,” he added. After visiting the Salt Lake chapter, Cottle got some ideas for how to stimulate growth and make Cache Valley Habitat for Humanity more successful. “The first thing we need to do is start building a home,” he said. “The project drives interest.” These projects are designed for low-income families that wouldn’t otherwise qualify for a traditional home loan. The homes aren’t just given out, he said; it’s a different type of loan. Once the home is finished, Habitat for Humanity provides the loan to the homeowner at cost, with no profit and at a zero percent mortgage. “The money is continuously recycled back into the program,” he said. The homes are small and functional, he said, and are built to be an attractive addition to the community. The Cache Valley chapter is currently looking for its next building site, Cottle said. The best areas to build these homes, he said, are close to public transportation or close to the work site of the future occupants. “The message I would like to get out is it’s a hand up, not a handout,” he said. Another focus will be “restore projects,” a kind of Deseret Industries for construction material. The group takes leftover materials from contractors or remodeling projects and sells them, bringing in revenue. Founded in 1976, Habitat for Humanity has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries, frequently responding to natural disasters.