HFH International

What is Habitat for Humanity International?

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing ministry. Habitat welcomes all people regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or any other difference to build simple, decent, affordable houses with those who lack adequate shelter.

Habitat affiliates work locally in communities around the world to select & support homeowners, organize volunteers and coordinate house building.  Homeowners are selected based on their need for housing, their ability to repay a mortgage & their willingness to work in partnership with Habitat.

Habitat does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, or natural origin.  Since its founding in 1976, Habitat for Humanity has built over 500,000 houses, providing shelter for more than 1.5 million people in nearly 90 countries around the world.

 

What is their Mission?

Habitat's vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Mission statement:  Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Mission principles:

Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.
We undertake our work to demonstrate the love and teachings of Jesus, acting in all ways in accord with the belief that God’s love and grace abound for all, and that we must be “hands and feet” of that love and grace in our world. We believe that, through faith, the miniscule can be multiplied to accomplish the magnificent, and that, in faith, respectful relationships can grow among all people.

Focus on shelter.
We have chosen, as our means of manifesting God’s love, to create opportunities for all people to live in decent, durable shelter. We put faith into action by helping to build, renovate or preserve homes, and by partnering with others to accelerate and broaden access to affordable housing as a foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty.

Advocate for affordable housing.
In response to the prophet Micah’s call to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God, we promote decent, affordable housing for all, and we support the global community’s commitment to housing as a basic human right. We will advocate for just and fair housing policy to eliminate the constraints that contribute to poverty housing. And, in all of our work, we will seek to put shelter on hearts and minds in such powerful ways that poverty housing becomes socially, politically and religiously unacceptable.

Promote dignity and hope.
We believe that no one lives in dignity until everyone can live in dignity. We believe that every person has something to contribute and something to gain from creating communities in which all people have decent, affordable places to live. We believe that dignity and hope are best achieved through equitable, accountable partnerships.

Support sustainable and transformational development.
We view our work as successful when it transforms lives and promotes positive and lasting social, economic and spiritual change within a community; when it is based on mutual trust and fully shared accomplishment; and when it demonstrates responsible stewardship of all resources entrusted to us.

Non-proselytizing policy
Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations will not proselytize. Nor will HFH work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with HFH. This means that HFH will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

How Does It Work?

Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable, no-interest loans.  The homeowners' monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses.

Habitat is not a giveaway program.  In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor -- sweat equity -- into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.

           
Please visit the Habitat for Humanity Website or contact them at:

Habitat for Humanity International
121 Habitat Street Americus, GA 31709-3498 U.S.A. (229) 924-6935