Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that operates on a strong belief that everyone should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. They build low-income homes for families in need regardless of race or religion, and they make sure that the homes are sustainable as well as energy-efficient.
A popular misconception among people is that Habitat for Humanity “give homes away”. However there is a strenuous process in order for a family to acquire a home and they must meet certain criteria. Often, the family is currently living in a home without water or electricity, their roof may be caving in, or be in other sub par conditions. Each family partner interested in receiving a home must also undergo a background check. They must have a certain credit score, must be currently working with decent income, perform 300 sweat equity hours, and take homeowner classes. In an effort to establish communities Habitat also requires the new homeowner to live in their home for a minimum of 10 years.