FAQ

What is Habitat for Humanity?
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical, Christian housing organization building decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need.  Our Homeownership program is not a "hand out" program, but rather a "hand up" program.  Applicants must fulfill the criteria and requirements to be eligible. The prospective homeowners must then participate in mandatory classes and in the rehabilitation or construction of homes through volunteer hours called "sweat equity." Once all of the requirements are met, the home is then sold to the homebuyer through a zero percent interest, no profit mortgage.

What is the Annual Meeting?
The Annual Meeting is a recognition dinner that takes place every June and is where we honor the donors and volunteers who have given their time and resources to support Habitat Beaver County.  If you have contributed to Habitat Beaver County and are interested in attending the Annual Meeting, please check the Public Events page on our website for more information.

How do you become a Habitat for Humanity homeowner?
Individuals and families who meet the eligibility requirements for our Homeownership program may fill out an application during open application periods.  Please see the Home Ownership page on our website for more detailed information about the program.

Who can volunteer for projects?
Just about anyone!  Habitat for Humanity of Beaver County invites people of all backgrounds, races, religions, and levels of experience to build houses together in partnership with individuals and families in need of better housing.

Does Habitat for Humanity earn profit from the selling of homes?
No. Habitat Beaver County is a non-profit organization. The money from the sale of our homes is reinvested back into the organization to continue building more Habitat homes.

What is "Sweat Equity"?
The term "sweat equity" refers to hands-on involvement of the homeowner in the work of building their house and also helping in the construction of other Habitat houses.  Habitat homebuyers must complete 350 hours of "sweat equity" before they can own their home.

In addition to work at construction sites, the following are additional ways that homebuyers may acquire "sweat equity" hours:

  • Participation Agreement requirements. E.g. Required preliminary training sessions such as financial counseling, etc.
  • Work as a store assistant in the Habitat Beaver County Restore
  • Clerical work in the Habitat Beaver County office
  • Maintain vacant Habitat properties
  • Make necessary Habitat phone calls
  • Write thank you notes
  • Work as a committee member
  • Participating in fund-raising events


What is Habitat for Humanity International?
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry that is dedicated to eliminating poverty housing and builds with people in need, regardless of race or religion.  Habitat International has more than 1,400 local affiliates in the United States and more than 70 national organizations around the world.  Together, they have helped 6.8 million people improve their living conditions since their founding in 1976.

Did Jimmy Carter really start Habitat for Humanity?
No.  Habitat for Humanity was founded by Millard and Linda Fuller in 1976.  Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter's involvement with Habitat for Humanity International began in 1984 when the former president led a work group to New York City to help renovate a six-story building with 19 families in need of decent, affordable shelter.

 

Habitat for Humanity of Beaver County
47 Bridge Street | Beaver Falls PA 15010-3259
Phone: 724-846-1630 | ReStore: 724-843-7939 | Fax: 724-847-2963
Email: habitat@beavercountyhabitat.org | Website: www.beavercountyhabitat.org

"All people deserve a decent place to live" - Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity International

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