FAQs

 
1What is Habitat for Humanity?
Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and in approximately 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.
Learn more about Habitat for Humanity
2How does Habitat for Humanity help families?
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.
3How does Habitat for Humanity homeownership work?

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 Homeownership to learn more.

4Does Habitat for Humanity only build new houses?

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 advocacy work raises awareness and support for decent and affordable housing around the world.
5What are Habitat for Humanity affiliates?

Habitat for Humanity affiliates are local Habitat for Humanity organizations that act in partnership with and on behalf of Habitat for Humanity International.

Each Habitat affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area and is responsible for its own fundraising.

Find your local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

6Does Habitat for Humanity accept donations?

Habitat depends on financial donations to fund our work. These donations help families build a place they can call home. Donate today

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 our ReStore.

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

7What 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.
8Where does Habitat for Humanity operate?
Habitat for Humanity operates in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in over 70 countries around the world. Our operational headquarters are located in Americus, Georgia, and our administrative headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
9Do I need construction experience to volunteer on the build site?
No! While we are always in need of skilled construction volunteers, individuals of all skill levels are welcome. Instruction and support will be provided by both Habitat staff and experienced volunteers to guide you through each days’ tasks.
10Is there a minimum age to volunteer?
Yes. For safety reasons, volunteers on our construction sites must be at least 16 years of age. However, there are additional opportunities for youth involvement that go beyond construction - in the ReStore, the office, and in the community. For more information regarding youth opportunities contact our volunteer coordinator at (585) 396-3600 or email Volunteer@hfhoc.org
11Is Habitat for Humanity a Government funded program?

No, Habitat for Humanity is an independent 501c3 non-profit corporation responsible for its own fundraising and programs.

As part of Habitat’s work to promote access to decent affordable housing, Habitat engages with the government in the following areas:

  • Habitat asks legislators and housing regulators to increase support for affordable homeownership and decent housing.
  • Habitat monitors public policies related to housing, community and international development.
  • Habitat advocates for policies that will increase access to decent, affordable housing for people around the world.
  • Habitat accepts government funds as long as they have no conditions that would violate our principles or limit our ability to proclaim our Christian identity.
12Is Habitat for Humanity a Christian organization?
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.