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Habitat for Humanity frequently asked questions

What is Habitat for Humanity International?

  • A nonprofit, Christian housing ministry that believes that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live.
  • We build and repair houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations. 
  • Our partner families purchase these houses through no-profit mortgage loans or innovative financing methods.

How does it work?

  • Through volunteer labor and donations.
  • 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.

How do I apply for a Habitat for Humanity house?

How are families selected to receive 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.

What are Habitat affiliates?

  • 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.
  • Learn more about our affiliates.

Where does Habitat for Humanity operate?

  • Worldwide.
  • Our operational headquarters are located in Americus, Georgia and our administrative headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

How are donations distributed and used?

  • We rely on gifts from individuals, corporations and other groups to fund our house-building mission worldwide. All donations of any amount are deeply appreciated and help us build more decent, affordable houses with more families across the globe. 
  • Designated donations are allocated in support of the U.S. affiliate, national organization or program of the donor’s choosing.
  • Undesignated gifts are invested through the Global Impact Fund where they can have the greatest impact. The Global Impact Fund helps:
    • Design and replicate innovative programs to serve more low-income families.  
    • Build the capacity of our network of U.S. affiliates and national organizations.
    • Cover other costs necessary to ensuring that Habitat fulfills its mission with excellence.
  • Habitat’s most recent audited financial statement is available online.

Who controls and manages Habitat for Humanity International?

  • An ecumenical, international board of directors 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.

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 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 our principles or limit our ability to proclaim our Christian identity.

How can I become a volunteer?