A world where everyone has a decent place to live
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
What is Habitat for Humanity?
Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and in approximately 70 countries around the world. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward our vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with people and families in need of a decent and affordable home.
How does Habitat for Humanity help famlies?
People in your community and all over the world partner with Habitat to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.
How does Habitat for Humanity homeownership work?
Families in need of deent, affordable housing apply for homeownership with their local Habitat for Humanity.
Each local Habitat’s family selection committee selects homeowners based on three criteria:
- The applicant’s level of need,
- Their willingness to partner with Habitat.
- Their ability to repay a mortgage through an affordable payment plan.
As part of their willingness to partner, Habitat’s homebuyers invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners.
Habitat for Humanity follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing Habitat’s homeowners.
Visit our Apply for Habitat house page to learn more.
How can I become a volunteer?
There are many ways to volunteer. Visit our Volunteer section to learn how to:
- Volunteer locally — Build It, Repair It, ReStore It, office work, commitee and leadership
- Travel and build
- Volunteer long-term
- Volunteer as part of a group
- Volunteer as part of a special event
Does Habitat for Humanity take donations?
Habitat depends on financial donations to fund our work. These donations help families build a place they can call home. Donate to learn more.
We also have local home improvement stores called Habitat ReStore, which sell reusable and surplus building materials, furniture and appliances to the public. The money made from these sales is used to help families build a better future. To donate materials, call 419-429-1400 for free pickup.
For large corporations wishing to make bulk donations of goods and materials, please visit the Donations page.
For vehicle donations, please contact the Habitat office for more information.
What is a Habitat for Humanity ReStore?
Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Habitat for Humanity ReStores are owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates and proceeds are used to build strength, stability and self-reliance locally and around the world. Visit ReStore.
Where does Habitat for Humanity operate?
Habitat for Humanity operates in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in more than 70 countries around the world. Habitat for Humanity Findlay/Hancock County serves families only within our county.
How does Habitat for Humanity work with the government?
Habitat asks legislators and housing regulators to increase support for affordable homeownership and decent housing.
Habitat monitors public policies related to housing, community and international development.
Habitat advocates for policies that will increase access to decent, affordable housing available to people around the world.
Does Habitat for Humanity only build new houses?
Habitat for Humanity works in a number of different ways to create decent, affordable housing.
- In addition to new constrution, Habitat also renovates and rehabilitates existing homes by acquiring blighted and foreclosed property.
- Habitat for Humanity helps people repair and improve their own homes and neighborhoods.
- Habitat’s advocacy work raises awareness and support for safe and affordable housing around the world.