What is Habitat for Humanity International?
- Our Mission Statement is: "Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope."
- Our Vision is "A world where everyone has a decent place to live."
- A nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry.
- We seek to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.
- To accomplish these goals, we invite people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.
- Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda. Today, we have helped build over 600,000 decent, affordable houses and served more than 3 million people around the world.
What are Habitat affiliates?
- Community-level Habitat for Humanity offices that act in partnership with and on behalf of Habitat for Humanity International.
- Each affiliate is an independently run, nonprofit organization.
- Each affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area - fundraising; building site selection; partner family selection and support; house construction; and mortgage servicing.
How does it work?
- Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses alongside our homeowner (partner) families.
- Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest 200 hundred hours (per adult in the household) of their own labor (sweat equity) into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.
- Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans.
- The loans are INTEREST FREE.
- The homeowners' monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses.
How are partner families selected?
- Families in need of decent shelter apply to local Habitat affiliates.
- The family selection committee chooses homeowners based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program and their ability to repay the loan.
- We follow a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection.
- Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing the families who receive Habitat houses.