Take an in-depth look at the issue of poverty housing and the families it affects—and see what Habitat for Humanity is doing to address the need. For more information, visit http://www.habitat.org/.
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Habitat for Humanity fact sheet (frequently asked questions)What is Habitat for Humanity International?
- A nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry.
- Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller and his wife, Linda.
- Seeking to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.
- Inviting people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.
- Today, we have helped build over 500,000 decent, affordable houses and served more than 2 million people around the world.
Habitat volunteers and homeowners build side-by-side in New Orleans, Louisiana
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.
- In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor 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 homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses.
- Families in need of decent shelter apply to local Habitat affiliates.
- The affiliate’s 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.
- Every affiliate follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection.
- Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing the families who receive Habitat houses.
- Community-level Habitat for Humanity offices that act in partnership with and on behalf of Habitat for Humanity International.
- Each affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area.
- Our operational headquarters are located in Americus, Georgia and our administrative headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
- As designated by the donor.
- Gifts designated to a specific affiliate or building project are forwarded to that affiliate or project.
- Undesignated gifts are used where most needed and for administrative expenses.
- Habitat’s most recent audited financial statement is available online.
- An ecumenical, international board of directors.
- Board members are dedicated volunteers who are deeply concerned about the problems of poverty housing around the world.
- The Habitat headquarters are operated by an administrative staff, professional and support employees, and volunteers.
- We ask legislators and housing regulators to increase support for affordable homeownership and eliminate poverty housing.
- We monitor public policies related to housing, community and international development.
- We advocate policy choices that increase access to decent, affordable housing for people around the world.
- We accept government funds as long as they have no conditions that would violate Habitat’s principles or limit its ability to proclaim its Christian identity.
- Find your local Habitat for Humanity and their volunteer opportunities.
- Explore our Get Involved section.
Director of Volunteer Services
How can I get more information?
Director of Volunteer Services
2800 N. Hampton Rd
Dallas, TX 75212
Build site age restrictions:
Under 14: not allowed on the build site until the dedication day
14 and 15: allowed to landscape; must have one adult per youth of this age; parent must sign release form 16 and 17: allowed to pick up a hammer and build but not operate power tools or get on the roof; must have one adult per five youth of this age; parent must sign release form.