Habitat Myths and Facts

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

Myth

Habitat gives houses to poor people.

Fact

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.

Myth

Habitat gives houses to poor people.

Fact

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

Myth

Habitat gives houses to poor people.

Fact

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.