1. What is Habitat for Humanity International?
A nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry 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.
2. 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 zero-interest loan repayments, 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’ repayment of home loans are used to build still more Habitat houses.
3. 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.
Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing the families who receive Habitat houses.
4. 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.
5. Where does Habitat for Humanity operate?
Our operational headquarters are located in Americus, Georgia and our administrative headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
6. How are donations distributed and used?
As designated by the donor.
Gifts designated to a specific affiliate or building project are forwarded to that affiliate or project.
Un-designated gifts are used where most needed and for administrative expenses.
Habitat’s most recent audited financial statement is available online.
7. Who controls and manages Habitat for Humanity International?
An ecumenical, international board of directors.
Board members are dedicated volunteers 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.
8. How does Habitat work with the government?
We ask legislators and housing regulators to increase support for affordable home ownership 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 Habitat’s principles or limit its ability to proclaim its Christian identity.
9. How can I become a volunteer?
Explore our Get Involved section.
10. How can I get more information?