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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.

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.
    • Habitat homeowners purchase their houses through affordable monthly mortgage payments.
    • 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.
  • Our family selection committee chooses Habitat 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.

What are Habitat affiliates?

  • Affiliates are community-level Habitat for Humanity organizations 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.
  • Our organization is a Habitat affiliate.

How are donations distributed and used?

  • We rely on gifts from individuals, corporations and other groups to fund our house-building mission. All donations of any amount are deeply appreciated and help us build more decent, affordable houses with more families.

Who controls and manages the Sedalia Habitat for Humanity?

  • board of directors who are deeply concerned about the problems of poverty housing in our community.

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.

How can I become a volunteer?

  • Contact your us for volunteer opportunities.
  • Explore our Get Involved section, featuring a number of other ways to volunteer.