Habitat for Humanity of Baldwin County provides decent, affordable houses to
partner families. Through the support of our many volunteers, donors and sponsors,
we provide these families with a hand up and hope for the future. We are proud to be
a part of the Baldwin County community and invite you to partner with us.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Habitat for Humanity International?
Habitat is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. We seek to eliminate
poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter
of conscience and action. To accomplish these goals, we invite people of all backgrounds,
races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. Habitat
for Humanity was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda. Today, we
have built over 350,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1.75 million people
in 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter.
How does it work?
Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and
rehabilitates simple, decent houses alongside our homeowner (partner) families. Habitat
is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments,
homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor (sweat equity) into building their
Habitat house and the houses of others. 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.
How are partner families selected?
Families in need of decent shelter apply to local Habitat affiliates. The
affiliates family selection committee chooses homeowners based on their level
of need, their willingness to become partners in the program and their ability to repay
the loan. Every affiliate follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection. Neither
race nor religion is a factor in choosing the families who receive
What are Habitat affiliates?
Community-level Habitat for Humanity offices act in partnership with and on behalf of
Habitat for Humanity International. Each affiliate is an independently run, nonprofit
organization. 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.
Where does Habitat for Humanity operate?
Worldwide Habitat is in nearly 90 countries and in all 50 states of the United States,
the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. Our operational headquarters are located
in Americus, Georgia, USA. Our administrative headquarters are located in Atlanta,
How are donations distributed and used?
Donations, whether to a local Habitat affiliate or to Habitat for Humanity International
(HFHI), are used as designated by the donor. Gifts received by HFHI that are designated
to a specific affiliate or building project are forwarded to that affiliate or project.
Undesignated gifts are used where most needed and for administrative expenses.
Habitats most recent audited financial statement is
Who controls and manages Habitat for Humanity International?
An ecumenical, international board of directors determines policy and oversees and guides
the mission of Habitat for Humanity International. Board members are dedicated volunteers
who are deeply concerned about the problems of poverty housing around the world. The HFHI
headquarters office operates with an administrative staff, assisted by a core group of
professional and support employees and supplemented by volunteers. Each local Habitat
affiliate is managed by its own local volunteer board.
How does Habitat work with the government?
Our Government Relations and Advocacy team works with legislators and housing regulators
to increase support for affordable homeownership and eliminate poverty housing. We monitor
public policies related to housing, community and international development. We advocate
policy choices that increase access to decent, affordable housing for people around the
world. We accept government funds for infrastructure, utilities, capacity building or
training, and house building. We accept these funds so long as they have no conditions
that would violate Habitats principles or limit its ability to proclaim its
How does a Habitat for Humanity affiliate get started?
Habitat affiliates start when concerned citizens of diverse backgrounds come together to
address the problem of poverty housing in their community. These volunteers research the
communitys affordable housing needs and resources and evaluate the potential success
of Habitats self-help model in their community. The group then applies to HFHI to
become an official Habitat affiliate. If you are interested in eliminating poverty housing
in your community, please call 800- HABITAT or 800-422-4828. Those calling from outside
the United States may contact HFHI headquarters at 01-229-924-6935.
How can I become a volunteer?
Call us at 251-943-7268 or complete our volunteer form.
Explore our Get Involved section.