Frequently Asked Questions
Habitat for Humanity Texas is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity Texas is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
Habitat homes are not giveaways. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds, repairs and rehabilitates simple, decent houses alongside our homeowner partner families. These families not only work on their own homes, but they work on other homes as well – giving as they have received.
Our partner families make down payments, pay taxes and have monthly mortgages, but the mortgages are financed by Habitat for no-interest. These mortgage payments allow us to build still more Habitat homes.
No, the homes aren’t free, but they are affordable. Habitat believes in a hand up, not a hand out. Homes are affordable because of no-profit loans and the “sweat equity” provided by partner families and volunteers.
Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.
As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.