Frequently Asked Questions
What is Habitat for Humanity?
Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity is one of 1,400 affilliated projects in the U.S. and Canada working at a grass-roots level to eliminate poverty housing. Contributed funds buy building materials, and donated labor builds new or rehabilitates existing homes. These homes are then sold at no profit and no interest to partner families.
Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity is affiliated with Habitat for Humanity International. For more information on Habitat for Humanity International, please check out their official web site.
How is Habitat for Humanity funded?
Funding comes from individuals, churches, corporations, foundations, and other community organizations moved by concern and compassion to help those in need. Mortgage payments are returned to a Fund for Humanity and recycled to build additional houses. No government funds are used.
Is my contribution tax-deductible?
Yes, Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity is incorporated as a tax-exempt, non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status from the I.R.S.
How can I get involved?
Volunteers are needed for all phases of construction work. There is a continuing need for people with experience in construction and a willingness to teach others. Saturdays are the principal workdays with midweek work schedules based on availability of volunteers. Many churches get involved with fund-raisers and Saturday work crews consisting of 8-10 people.
How are homeowners selected?
Families apply to the program through open orientation meetings held each year. The Family Selection Committee chooses homeowners based on the condition of the current housing, ability to pay the mortgage, family size, character, and willingness to provide 500 hours of "sweat equity" to the Habitat program. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing families to receive homes.
Is Habitat involved in other activities?
The Fort Wayne affiliate tithes 10% of all contributions received to fund building projects in Africa. Fort Wayne funds, together with African Habitat for Humanity volunteers, have built approximately 48 homes, principally in the Congo.