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?
- A 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.