Building Communities, Empowering Families
We at Habitat Bucks accomplish this through affordable homeownership, home repair, and our ReStores.
All are Welcome
Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that are too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to particular faith.
Shelter is a fundamental need of all people. We work to fulfill that need. Our Homeownership Program provides an opportunity for low-income families to increase their independence and economic well being through home ownership and educational opportunities. Habitat families work hard for their homes; they contribute an average of 200 hours of sweat equity and will pay a mortgage for their home. Through our unique program, families acquire a sense of ownership and responsibility that they may not have as renters or tenants.
Learn more on our Homeownership page!
Volunteers work in the Habitat office every day of the week. They help in the ReStore and on the construction site Wednesday through Saturday. Individuals come from all walks of life to volunteer with Habitat – it is with their help that we can keep Habitat homes affordable. Get involved on or off the site!
How does it work?
Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses.
Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor—sweat equity—into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.
What does a Habitat house cost?
Throughout the world, the cost of houses varies from as little as $800 in some developing countries to an average of nearly $60,000 in the United States. Bucks County Habitat homes currently average around $120,000. Habitat houses are affordable for low-income families because there is no profit included in the sale price.
What are Habitat affiliates?
Habitat for Humanity’s work is accomplished at the community level by affiliates—independent, locally run, nonprofit organizations. Each affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area—fund raising, building site selection, partner family selection and support, house construction, and mortgage servicing. Founded in 1990 Habitat Bucks is an affiliate of HfHI.
Habitat for Humanity International’s operational headquarters, located in Americus, Georgia, USA, and its administrative headquarters, located in Atlanta, Georgia, provide information, training and a variety of other support services to Habitat affiliates worldwide. Habitat is a worldwide grassroots movement with a presence in more than 90 countries.
All Habitat affiliates are asked to “tithe”—giving a percentage of their contributions to fund house-building work in other nations. Tithing provides much-needed funds for international building, and it also gives affiliates the opportunity to demonstrate the spirit of Christian partnership. In 2013, U.S. affiliates tithed $12.8 million to support Habitat’s work overseas.
How are home buyers selected?
We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are not barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, or any other basis as required by law.
What is Habitat for Humanity International?
Habitat International has helped build or repair more than 800,000 houses and saved more than 4 million people around the world. HFHI was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller and his wife Linda.
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope