Volunteers at first build day


What is Habitat for Humanity?

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Habitat for Humanity?

Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and in approximately 70 countries around the world. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward our vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with people and families in need of a decent and affordable home.

No.  Habitat is a homeownership program.  All Home Buyers that complete the Home Buyer Program will purchase their home with a 30 year interest free mortgage that is affordable to them.

Families in need of decent, affordable housing apply for the Home Buyer Program when applications are being accepted, generally twice a year.

We use 3 main criteria in selecting families to partner with us in the Home Buyer Program:

  1. The need for simple, decent and affordable housing.
  2. The ability to pay a 30-year, interest-free mortgage.
  3. The willingness to partner

As part of their willingness to partner, Habitat’s Home Buyers invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat Home Buyers, pay off existing debt, attend monthly Home Buyer classes and work to improve their personal budget.

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Habitat for Humanity of Horry County does not do repairs or renovations on outside houses.  There are several local agencies that can help with emergency home repairs.

No, Habitat for Humanity is an independent, nonprofit, Christian housing ministry. It is not an arm of the government, nor an arm of any particular church denomination. Habitat does accept government funds for infrastructure, utilities, capacity building or training, and house building.

You can help by volunteering at Habitat’s construction sites; serving on committees; teaching classes for partner families; making a donation of land, materials, or money; working in the Habitat ReStore; or simply by spreading the word. Your involvement makes a difference! Check out the opportunities available to you on our Volunteer page.