Frequently Asked Questions
Habitat for Humanity frequently asked questions
What is Habitat for Humanity International?
- Habitat is a nonprofit, Christian housing ministry.
- We believe that every person should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live.
- We build, renovate and repair houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations.
- We welcome all people to work with us in partnership.
- We advocate to increase access to decent, affordable housing around the world.
- Learn more about Habitat.
Does Habitat give houses away?
- No, Habitat for Humanity is not a giveaway program.
- Habitat’s partner families buy the houses that Habitat builds and renovates.
- Habitat makes no profit on the sale.
- In the United States, Habitat homeowners purchase their houses through affordable monthly mortgage payments.
- In other countries, Habitat also works with partner organizations to serve even more families through innovative financing methods.
- Habitat’s homeowners also invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners.
Does Habitat only focus on building new houses?
- No, Habitat works in a number of different ways to create decent, affordable housing.
- In addition to new construction, Habitat also renovates existing buildings in many communities, particularly in urban areas.
How are Habitat’s homeowner families chosen?
- Families in need of decent, affordable shelter apply to their Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley
- The family selection committee chooses homeowners, based on three criteria:
- The family’s level of need.
- Their willingness to become partners in the program.
- Their ability to repay the loan through an affordable payment plan.
- We follow a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection.
- Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing Habitat’s homeowner families.
- Visit our page on becoming a Habitat homeowner to learn more.
How does Habitat work with the government?
- 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 for policies that will 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 our principles or limit our ability to proclaim our Christian identity.
- Learn more about our advocacy efforts.
How can I become a volunteer?
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