What does Habitat for Humanity do?
Habitat for Humanity builds interest-free, affordable homes with and for families, couples and individuals in need of housing. Being a nonprofit Habitat makes no money from the homes. Rather, the money is set aside for the building of new homes in Catoosa County.
How can I get involved?
Habitat is funded entirely by donations and staffed largely with volunteers. We are always in need of individuals willing to pitch in to help a neighbor in need. Visit our How to Help section to find out ways to donate or volunteer.
If I were to donate funds, how is my money used?
All contributions are used where most needed, from construction materials, building permits, subcontractor fees or for other construction expenses on a family's new home.
Are Habitat houses free?
No. In addition to the 400 hours of sweat equity that homeowners put into the building of their homes, they purchase their homes through a 0% interest mortgage provided by Habitat.
How are homeowners selected?
Families, couples or individuals in need of decent shelter apply to local Habitat affiliates. The Homeowner Selection Committee assesses each applicant’s level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program, and their ability to repay a no interest mortgage loan. Neither race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability is a factor in choosing who receives a Habitat home; however, applicants must be residents of our county for at least one year.
Can I volunteer even if I can’t build?
Yes! Habitat needs volunteers to work on many tasks, including working on special events, mentoring families, fundraising, administrative help, being a member on special committees, and providing coffee and lunches at the construction site. Call our office for more information.