FAQs

Habitat for Humanity International

  • 1.1 What is Habitat for Humanity?
  • 1.2 How does it work?
  • 1.3 What does a Habitat house cost?
  • 1.4 How are partner families selected?
  • 1.5 How are donations distributed and used?
  • 1.6 Who operates and manages Habitat for Humanity International?

Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley

  • 2.1 What is an affiliate?
  • 2.2 Where can I find out about their Habitat events, including house dedications?
  • 2.3 What is our affiliate's phone number and address?

Habitat for Humanity at the University of Michigan

  • 3.1 What is a campus chapter?
  • 3.2 What is the mission of campus chapters?
  • 3.3 What do campus chapters do?
  • 3.4 Can other service organizations work with Habitat?
  • 3.5 How do I contact HFH at University of Michigan?
  • 3.6 How can I join the mailing list?

Habitat for Humanity International


1.1 What is Habitat for Humanity?

Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is a nonprofit, ecumenical, Christian housing ministry that believes that every man, woman, and child should have a decent, safe, and affordable place to live. Habitat has built over 800,000 houses around the world, providing more than 4 million people with shelter. HFHI works to eliminate poverty housing by building and rehabilitating houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations.

Habitat for Humanity is a grass-roots movement that is operated at the local level by affiliates. Affiliates are community-level Habitat for Humanity offices that service a specific area in partnership with and on behalf of HFHI. Each affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area --fundraising, building site selection, partner family selection and support, house construction, and mortgage servicing.

Currently, there are more than 1,500 affiliates in the United States, encompassing all 50 states, and about 80 national organizations around the world coordinate Habitat efforts to build, rehabilitate, and repair homes.

Due to the extreme poverty found in many developing nations. Habitat overseas affiliates often receive funds for house building from HFHI headquarters. However, international affiliates are required to raise as much of their funding locally as possible. All Habitat affiliates are asked to tithe a percentage of their contributions to fund house-building work in other nations.


1.2 How does it work?

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

Habitat is not a give-away program; it is a joint venture in which those who benefit from the housing ministry are involved in the work at various levels. In addition to a down payment and no-interest mortgage payments, each homeowner family invests invest hundreds of their own labor --sweat equity-- into building their Habitat house and the houses of others. This reduces the cost of the house, increases the pride of ownership among family members, and fosters the development of positive relationships with other people.


1.3 What does a Habitat house cost?

Currently, a three-bedroom Habitat house in the United States averages around $70,000. Prices will differ depending on location and the costs of land, labor, design, and materials. Outside the U.S., a Habitat houses can varies from as little as $800 in some developing countries to around $5000 in others.

Habitat houses are affordable for low-income families because there is no-profit included in the sale price, and no-interest charges on the mortgage. The average length of a Habitat mortgage in the United States is 20-30 years. Habitat houses around the world are built according to the same guiding principles: simple, decent, and affordable.


1.4 How are partner families selected?

Families in need of decent shelter apply through local Habitat affiliates. The affiliate's family selection committee chooses homeowners based on their level of need, 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.


1.5 How are donations distributed and used?

Habitat relies on gifts from individuals, corporations, and other groups to fund their house-building mission worldwide. All donations or any amount are deeply appreciated and will help more families across the globe. Gifts received by HFHI headquarters that designated to a specific affiliate or project area are forwarded to the program of the donor's choosing.

Undesignated gifts are invested through the Global Impact Fund where it helps in: design and replication of innovative programs to serve more low-income families, build capacity of our network of U.S. affiliates and national organizations, and covering the costs necessary to ensure that Habitat fulfills its mission of excellence.


1.6 Who operates and manages Habitat for Humanity International?

An ecumenical, international board of directors 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.

Habitat operational headquarters are located in Americus, Georgia and their administrative headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.



Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley


2.1 What is an affiliate?

Affiliates are community-level Habitat for Humanity offices, separate from the University, that service a specific area in partnership with and on behalf of Habitat for Humanity International. Each affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area—fundraising, building site selection, partner family selection and support, house construction, and mortgage servicing. Our campus chapter works very closely with the affiliate.


2.2 Where can I find out about their Habitat events, including house dedications?

Visit their events calendar located on the bottom right side of their website at www.h4h.org. You can also call their office at (734) 677-1558.


2.3 What is our affiliate's phone number and address?

Phone Number: (734) 677-1558

Address: 170 Aprill Drive, Suite A, Ann Arbor, MI 48103



Habitat for Humanity at the University of Michigan


3.1 What is a campus chapter?

A campus chapter is an unincorporated, student-run, student-led organization on a high school or college campus that partners with a local Habitat affiliate to perform four main functions: building, fundraising, educating, and advocating. Campus chapters are also required to have an adviser. A campus chapter adviser must be on the faculty or staff at the school. It is recommended that a chapter have a full-time, long-term member of the faculty or staff as an adviser.


3.2 What is the mission of campus chapters?

To capture the imagination, energy, and hope of students in order to productively and responsibly involve them in the work of Habitat for Humanity.

We are committed to building simple, decent, and affordable housing for low-income families in our community and around the world. In support of this goal we will motivate and mobilize volunteers to raise money, build partnerships, and provide education about eliminating substandard housing. We strive to make a difference in the lives of those looking for a hand up, not a handout.


3.3 What do campus chapters do?

Campus chapters perform 4 main functions: building, fundraising, advocating, and educating. Building is a crucial aspect of HFH. Campus chapters work with a local affiliate by sponsoring a home or participating in the Collegiate Challenge or Global Village programs. This allows chapter members the opportunity to gain new skills and physically contribute to the solution of ending poverty housing. Fundraising makes this all possible. Chapters hold their own fundraisers, as well as participate in the fundraisers organized by their partner affiliate. Fundraising not only raises needed resources, it also creates awareness, increases publicity, provides volunteer opportunities for campus chapter members, and helps recruit new members.

Advocating helps address the goals of safe, decent, and affordable housing by advocating around housing issues through events like Act! Speak! Build! Week and World Habitat Day. Chapters are expected to help educate their school and local communities about Habitat's mission work and its role in eliminating poverty housing.


3.4 Can other service organizations work with Habitat?

Chapter associates are established groups that agree to work with Habitat for a defined purpose and period of time. Fellowship groups, volunteer service organizations, alternative spring break programs, and Greek organizations (social and academic) are examples of organizations which may become chapter associates.


3.5 How do I contact HFH at University of Michigan?

Check out the contact page or email us at habitat@umich.edu. You can also send us mail at 4231 Michigan Union, 530 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.


3.6 How can I join your mailing list?

You can find an input field on the right sidebar on the home page.