What is Habitat for Humanity?
Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the United States and in more than 70 countries around the world. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward our vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with people and families in need of a decent and affordable home.
How does Habitat for Humanity help?
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.
How does Habitat for Humanity homeownership work?
Homebuyers in need of decent, affordable housing apply for homeownership with their local Habitat for Humanity.
Each local Habitat’s 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.
Habitat’s homebuyers invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners, in addition to paying an affordable mortgage and receiving financial education.
Habitat for Humanity follows a nondiscriminatory policy of selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing Habitat’s homeowners.
How do you volunteer for Habitat for Humanity?
There are many ways to volunteer.
Travel and build
Volunteer as part of a group
Volunteer as part of a special event
What are Habitat for Humanity affiliates?
Habitat for Humanity affiliates are independent local non-profit organizations that act in furtherance of the Habitat for Humanity mission.
Each Habitat affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area.
What kind of donations does Habitat for Humanity accept?
Habitat depends on financial donations to fund our work. These donations help homebuyers build a place they can call home.
We also have local home improvement stores called Habitat ReStores, which sell reusable and surplus building materials, furniture and appliances to the public. The money made from these sales is used to help families build a better future. To donate materials, contact the Habitat ReStore at (304) 781-1333.
What is a Habitat for Humanity ReStore?
Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Habitat for Humanity ReStores are owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and proceeds are used to build strength, stability and self-reliance locally and around the world.
Where does Habitat for Humanity operate?
Habitat for Humanity works in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries around the world. Our operational headquarters are located in Americus, Georgia, and our administrative headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
How are donations distributed and used?
Habitat for Humanity relies on gifts from individuals, corporations and other groups to help homebuyers in need of decent and affordable homes around the world. All donations of any amount are deeply appreciated.
Designated donations are allocated in support of the U.S. affiliate, national organization or program of the donor’s choosing.
Undesignated gifts are invested through the Global Impact Fund where they can have the greatest impact.
Habitat’s Global Impact Fund helps:
Design and replicate innovative programs to serve more low-income homebuyers.
Build the capacity of our network of U.S. affiliates and national organizations.
Cover other costs necessary to ensure that Habitat fulfills its mission with excellence.