FAQs

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FAQs 2017-12-19T20:22:16+00:00
Who is eligible for the Habitat program? 2017-11-30T14:02:54+00:00

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.

Is Habitat for Humanity a Christian organization? 2018-05-03T17:26:33+00:00

Yes, we are a global nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. All who desire to be a part of this work are welcome, regardless of religious preference or background. We have a policy of building with people in need regardless of race or religion. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds. For a detailed policy, click here.

Does Habitat for Humanity accept donations? 2017-11-30T14:00:43+00:00

Habitat depends on financial donations to fund our work. These donations help families build a place they can call home. Visit our Support page to learn more.

 

For vehicle donations, please visit our Cars for Homes page.

How can I become a volunteer? 2017-11-30T13:59:47+00:00

There are many ways to volunteer. Contact Us to learn how to:

  • Volunteer locally
  • Travel and build
  • Volunteer long-term
  • Volunteer as part of a group
  • Volunteer as part of a special event
Does Habitat for Humanity only build new houses? 2017-11-30T13:57:45+00:00

Habitat for Humanity works in a number of different ways to create decent, affordable housing.

  • In addition to new construction, Habitat also renovates existing homes in many communities, particularly in urban areas.
  • Habitat for Humanity helps people repair and improve their own homes and neighborhoods.
  • Habitat’s Disaster Response works with local communities to address a variety of housing needs after natural disasters.
  • Habitat’s advocacy work raises awareness and support for decent and affordable housing around the world.
  • Outside of North America, Habitat works with partner organizations to serve even more families through innovative financing methods.

 

How does Habitat for Humanity homeownership work? 2017-11-30T13:57:10+00:00

Families in need of decent, affordable housing apply for homeownership with their local Habitat for Humanity.

Each local Habitat’s family selection committee selects homeowners based on three criteria:

  • The applicant’s level of need.
  • Their willingness to partner with Habitat.
  • Their ability to repay a mortgage through an affordable payment plan.

As part of their willingness to partner, Habitat’s homebuyers invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners.

Habitat for Humanity follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing Habitat’s homeowners.

Visit our Apply for a Habitat house page to learn more.

How does Habitat for Humanity help families? 2017-11-30T13:56:04+00:00

People in your community and all over the world partner with Habitat to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage

Are Habitat Homes Free? 2017-11-29T19:27:52+00:00

No. Habitat for Humanity provides qualified individials with an opportunity to become homeowners through affordable mortgage loans and a “hand up, not a hand out” model.