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habitat myths and facts

Since its foundation in 1976, several myths about Habitat for Humanity have taken root, but here are the facts:

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Habitat gives houses to poor people.

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Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of homeowner (partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with no-interest, affordable loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build more Habitat houses.

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Habitat only builds houses for minorities.

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Habitat doesn’t build houses FOR anyone. It builds houses WITH people in need — regardless of race, creed, or ethnic background.

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You have to be a Christian to be a Habitat homeowner.

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Habitat was founded as — and remains — a Christian ministry, but homeowners are chosen without regard to creed. Habitat also welcomes volunteers from all faiths — or no faith — who can actively embrace Habitat’s goal of eliminating poverty housing from the world.

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Former President Jimmy Carter started Habitat for Humanity International.

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Habitat for Humanity International was started in Americus, GA in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller. Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have been longtime Habitat supporters and volunteers who help bring national and international attention to the organization’s house-building work.

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Habitat projects are funded by the government.

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Habitat does not accept government funds for the construction of new houses or for the renovation or repair of existing houses. Occasionally, we accept government funds for “stage-setting” infrastructure needs (streets, sewers, etc.) or for the acquisition of land, so long as the funds have no strings attached that would violate Habitat’s principles.