Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some commonly asked questions about our organization and our work. Don’t hesitate to contact our office if you any questions relating to our houses, volunteering, or any other topic!

  1. How Does Habitat for Humanity Work?
    Habitat works 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.
  2. How Do I Apply for a House?
    Follow the instructions on the How to apply for a Habitat house page. 
  3. How are Families Selected to Receive Habitat Houses?

    Families in need of decent shelter apply to local their local Habitat affiliate. Our 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. We follow a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing the families who receive Habitat houses.

  4. How are Donations Distributed & 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.

  5. 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.