- What does Habitat for Humanity do?
- How can I get involved?
- If I were to donate funds, how is my money used?
- Are Habitat houses free?
- How are homeowners selected?
- Can I volunteer even if I can’t build?
- What is Habitat's policy on religion and faith?
- How do I know I will be considered fairly if I apply?
What does Habitat for Humanity do?
Habitat for Humanity builds simple, affordable homes with and for families, couples and individuals in need of housing.
How can I get involved?
Habitat is funded entirely by donations and staffed largely with volunteers. We are always in need of individuals willing to pitch in to help a neighbor in need. Visit our How You Can Help section to find out ways to donate or volunteer.
If I were to donate funds, how is my money used?
Administrative costs are largely covered by the mortgage principal payments our affiliate receives monthly. This allows for nearly 100% of cash donations to be used on our home ownership program. All contributions are used where most needed, for construction materials, building permits, subcontractor fees or other construction expenses. We have also committed to maintaining a tithe of 10% of unrestricted donations to impact the global need for housing through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity Lesotho (in Southern Africa).
Are Habitat houses free?
No. In addition to the hundreds of hours of sweat equity that homeowners put into the building of their homes, they purchase their homes through a low-interest mortgage provided by Sandusky County Habitat for Humanity.
How are homeowners selected?
Families, couples or individuals in need of decent shelter apply during our annual open enrollment period. The Homeowner Selection Committee assesses each applicant’s level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program and their ability to repay a low-interest mortgage loan. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing who receives a Habitat home.
Can I volunteer even if I can’t build?
Yes. Habitat needs volunteers to work on many tasks, including working on special events, mentoring families, fundraising, preparing mailings, and providing coffees and lunches at the construction site. Call our office for more information.
What is Habitat's policy on religion and faith?
Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations (Habitat for Humanity) will not proselytize, nor will Habitat for Humanity work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with Habitat for Humanity. This means that Habitat for Humanity will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must (i) adhere to or convert to a particular faith or (ii) listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.
How do I know I will be considered fairly if I apply?
Since its start, Habitat for Humanity has always believed that everyone deserves a decent place to live. We follow fair housing laws and do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, familial status, ancestry, military status, disability or national origin. We also, in accordance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) do not discriminate against credit applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age, or source of income.