DOES HABITAT ONLY BUILD NEW HOUSES?
Habitat for Humanity works in a number of different ways to create decent, affordable housing.
In addition to new construction, Habitat also renovates existing homes in many communities, particularly in urban areas.
Habitat for Humanity helps people repair and improve their own homes and neighborhoods.
Habitat’s Disaster Response works with local communities to address a variety of housing needs after natural disasters.
Habitat’s advocacy work raises awareness and support for decent and affordable housing around the world.
Outside of North America, Habitat works with partner organizations to serve even more families through innovative financing methods.
IS HABITAT A CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATION?
Yes, we are a global nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. 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 all backgrounds.
ARE DONATIONS NEEDED?
Habitat for Humanity relies on financial partnerships from individuals, corporations and other groups to support local chapters in order to provide help to families in need of decent and affordable homes locally. All donations of any amount are deeply appreciated. We also accept gift-in-kind donations.
Habitat for Humanity is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, as a result, all gifts are tax-deductible. Gifts can be mailed to PO Box 463, DuBois, PA, 15801 or given online through our secure portal by clicking the button below
WHAT IS HABITAT FOR HUMANITY?
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit housing organization working in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and in approximately 70 countries around the world. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward our vision by building strength, stability, and self-reliance in partnership with people and families in need of a decent and affordable home.
WHERE DOES HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OPERATE
Habitat for Humanity operates in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in over 70 countries around the
world. Our operational headquarters are located in Americus, Georgia, and our administrative headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
WHO IS HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF CLEARFIELD COUNTY?
Habitat for Humanity of Clearfield County, located in DuBois Pennsylvania, is a licensed affiliate under Habitat International. The Clearfield County chapter has been in operation since 1991. It was mainly a volunteer and board run organization for the last two decades. More recently, the board felt it imperative to hire staff in order to keep moving the organization forward. Habitat for Humanity is a world-wide organization; however, our particular affiliate serves individuals residing in Clearfield County. HFHCC's sole purpose is to help people living right here in our community.
HOW DOES HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HELP FAMILIES?
People in your community and all over the world partner with Habitat to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. The primary program that HFHCC has conducted consistently over the last 2 decades is our Habitat Homeownership Program, which averages about one new home build per year. Through our Family Selection Committee, a blessed family is then chosen to help build and move into the home with an interest free mortgage provided by Habitat for Humanity as the loan holders.
Currently, 16 families hold mortgages under the HFHCC Homeownership program. The most recently built home at 383 First Street in Grampian is home to a mother, father, and two elementary school children. We will break ground on our two new builds this spring in Clearfield and the other in Curwensville.
In Addition to building new homes, HFHCC also assists families with critical repairs to existing homes. These repairs help with issues that would otherwise leave families without adequate housing. While it is evaluated, income level is not a factor that would make a family ineligible to receive assistance with a critical repair. Each request for critical repairs are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by HFHCC management.
HOW DOES HOMEOWNERSHIP WORK WITH HABITAT?
Families in need of decent, affordable housing apply for homeownership with their local Habitat for Humanity.
Each local Habitat’s family selection committee selects homeowners based on three criteria:
The applicant’s level of need.
Their willingness to partner with Habitat.
Their ability to repay a mortgage through an affordable payment plan.
As part of their willingness to partner, Habitat’s homebuyers invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called "sweat equity", working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners.
Habitat for Humanity follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing Habitat’s homeowners.