FAQs about Habitat

Does Habitat for Humanity give away houses?

Habitat for Humanity does not give homes away. We believe in giving community members a hand up, not a hand out. We do this by partnering with families who are in need, willing to provide sweat equity, and have the ability to repay a zero-interest mortgage. Typically, their total annual income is less than half the area median income.

Is Jimmy Carter the founder of Habitat for Humanity?

Habitat for Humanity was in fact started in 1976 in Americus, GA by the late Millard Fuller and his wife Linda. President Carter and his wife Rosalynn (whose home is eight miles from Americus, in Plains, GA), have been longtime Habitat supporters and volunteers who help bring national attention to the organization’s house-building work. Each year, they lead the Jimmy Carter Work Project to help build houses and raise awareness of the need for affordable housing. The Jimmy Carter Work Project will be in Memphis, TN in 2016!

How does Habitat provide these services for families in need?

Partners such as volunteers, donors and sponsors are imperative in our work to eliminate substandard housing in our community. Donors and sponsors provide the funds to buy needed materials and tools. Volunteers provide labor, which helps us keep costs down — and hopes up.

What is a partner family?

Those who are recommended by our Family Selection Committee and approved by our Board of Directors to participate in our homeowner program.

What is sweat equity?

Sweat equity is volunteer work. Partner families are responsible for sweat equity hours, which may be accomplished through construction or repair of the partner family’s house and/or the houses of others, providing food for volunteers, working in the Habitat ReStore or Habitat office, and attending homeownership classes.

How can I become involved with Habitat for Humanity?

Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County Tennessee is a volunteer-driven organization. We depend on volunteers to help us with construction, office tasks, in the ReStore and on committees. You don’t have to be a skilled construction worker to volunteer with Habitat. We also depend on individual donations and sponsorships to fund the needed materials for our projects. Please call 931-645-4222 and together, we’ll build a better community.

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