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Fast Facts

What is Habitat for Humanity International?

  • A nonprofit organisation that has helped to build over 500,000 decent, affordable houses and served 2.5 million people worldwide.
  • Our vision: a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
  • Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller and his wife, Linda.

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 monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest 300 to 500 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.

What are Habitat affiliates?

  • Community-level Habitat for Humanity offices that act in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International.
  • Each affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area.

How are partner families selected?

  • 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.

Does Habitat for Humanity gives houses away to poor people?

  • Habitat for Humanity offers homeownership opportunities to families who are unable to obtain conventional house financing. Generally, this includes those whose income is 30 to 50 percent of the area’s median income.  Additionally, they contribute 300 to 500 hours of “sweat equity” on the construction of their home or someone else’s home.