What is Habitat for Humanity? Habitat for Humanity International is a
nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization. We are dedicated to eliminating
substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to making adequate,
affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Our ministry was founded
on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, decent
place to live in dignity and safety. Learn more at www.habitat.org.
What is Clay County Habitat for Humanity? As an affiliate of Habitat
for Humanity International, we work in partnership with local families and
volunteers to build and rehabilitate simple, decent homes for qualified
families in need.
What is your mission? Striving to eliminate substandard housing in
Clay County, Florida by building and renovating safe, decent and affordable
housing in partnership with the community and God’s people in need.
What is Clay County’s Habitat’s relationship to Habitat for Humanity
International? Clay County Habitat for Humanity is one of more than 1,400
US communities and 70 countries that Habitat for Humanity
International (HFHI) works with to provide housing for more than 9.8 million people
throughout the world. Habitat affiliates are independent, nonprofit
organizations that are organized by local citizens and operate with local
boards and local volunteers. Volunteers provide most of the labor, and
corporate, faith-based and individual donors provide the money, materials and
labor necessary to build Habitat homes.
How does it work? Our program is a hand up, not a hand-out. Through
volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and
rehabilitates simple, decent houses alongside our homeowner (partner) families.
Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and monthly
mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor
(sweat equity) into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.
Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with low
interest loans, based on eligibility. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build
still more Habitat houses.
How are the houses built? Habitat homes are built with the labor and
skill of hardworking families building alongside dedicated volunteers. The
workers are supervised by our skilled construction staff who oversee the
construction of each home.
What does “more than homes” mean? In addition to building quality,
affordable homes for qualified families in need at no profit, we also guide our
partner families through home ownership and provide financial educational
opportunities so that they may build brighter futures for themselves and their
Do I have to be skilled to help build a Habitat home? No! While
having skilled volunteers helps, our staff will train anyone willing to help
eliminate substandard housing in Clay County. Still nervous about working out
on the construction site? We can always use volunteers in the office, on a
committee or in our ReStore.
How is home construction paid for? It costs roughly $120,000 (excluding land and infrastructure) to build a
3-bedroom, 2-bathroom Clay County Habitat home. This price can vary depending on where the house is built and the size of the house. Habitat purchases materials
with donations from individuals, churches, businesses and civic organizations.
No government funds are accepted for the construction of homes. In some cases, we do receive
some government funding to help purchase land and pay for infrastructure. In
addition, all homeowner mortgage payments are placed in a revolving Fund for
Humanity that is used to build more homes each year.
How does Habitat work with the government? Habitat for Humanity
International (HFHI) has a Government Relations and Advocacy team that works
with legislators and housing regulators to increase support for affordable
homeownership and eliminate poverty housing. HFHI also monitors public policies
related to housing, community and international development, while advocating
for policy choices that increase access to decent, affordable housing for
people around the world.
Do I have to be a Christian to get involved? Habitat has an open-door
policy: All who desire to be a part of this work are welcome, regardless of
religious preference or background. We have a policy of building with people in
need regardless of race or religion. We welcome volunteers and supporters from
Are donations tax deductible? Yes, Clay County Habitat is a 501(c)(3)
How are families selected for home ownership? After attendance at a Informational Meeting you can apply for housing. Then a volunteer Family
Selection Committee reviews applicants and follows a non-discriminatory
selection process based on level of need, ability to repay the loan and
willingness to partner with Habitat. The Committee then makes a recommendation for housing to the Board of Directors who make the final decision for home ownership.
How can I help? Clay County Habitat needs more of what everyone needs
– money and time. We always appreciate monetary donations in any form
(one-time, estate planning, etc.), as well as donations of land or materials.
You can also volunteer your time on the construction site, on a committee
(house selection for example), in the ReStore or in the office. Getting the
word out about Clay County Habitat in our community is also helpful. Your
involvement can make a BIG difference!