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’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.
- Habitat’s A Brush with Kindness and Neighborhood Revitalization help people repair and improve their own homes and neighborhoods.
- Our Disaster Response program also works with local communities to address a variety of housing needs after natural disasters.
- Habitat’s partnerships and advocacy work help raise the awareness and support needed to address housing needs around the world.
How are Habitat’s homeowner families chosen?
- Families in need of decent, affordable shelter apply to their local Habitat organization, called an affiliate.
- Each affiliate’s family selection committee chooses Habitat homeowners for their local area, 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.
- Every affiliate follows 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.