We believe in a hand up, not a hand out.
Houses are sold to approved families through a no-profit, no-interest
loan that the family repays with affordable monthly payments. Volunteers
provide most of the labor, and individual and community donors provide
money and materials to build Habitat houses.
Partner families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor – sweat
equity – into building their homes and the homes of others. Their mortgage
payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build or
renovate more affordable houses.
By building affordable housing through the efforts of the Habitat
families, faith organizations, businesses, organizations and the community,
we strive to build self-reliance and self-esteem for families, as well as a
strong sense of community and faith in action for partners and
How mortgages work to keep them affordable.
Since volunteers and prospective homeowners provide most of the labor on
a house project, and community partners donate a portion of the materials,
the cost of building a Habitat house is much lower than that of a standard
Washington County house. The house is sold to the approved homeowner at a
standard Habitat pricing structure through a no-profit, no-interest
Thanks to monetary and material donations, the house is completely paid
for upfront by Habitat. Habitat then finances the loans to homeowners, who
pay the loan at an affordable monthly rate.
Each approved family makes a modest down payment of $400. Homeowners’
monthly payments go into the construction fund to build other Habitat
houses – so homeowners not only receive help, but also give it! Funds
donated by generous organizations and individuals are not only used now,
but are also an investment for future Habitat houses!