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Through the power of homeownership, we change lives.

We build more than homes. We create a path to homeownership. Sometimes people can’t afford to repair their existing home, and we partner with them to find solutions. Habitat is a hand up, not a handout.

About Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County

Habitat Bucks is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization founded on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities, and hope. We are dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating, and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

All Are Welcome

Habitat Bucks has an open-door policy: all who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with our work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views, or any of the other distinctions that 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 a particular faith.

Whether you are interested in becoming a volunteer, would like to donate, or would like to learn more about our housing programs, reach out to Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County at 215.822.2812.

FAQs about Habitat for Humanity

 

What is Habitat for Humanity International?

Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) has helped build or repair more than 800,000 houses and served more than 4 million people around the world. HFHI was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller and his wife Linda.

The Vision
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

The Mission
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope

 

How does it work?

Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and renovates simple, decent houses with the help of the homebuyer. Habitat houses are sold at no profit and financed with affordable loans.

Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor—sweat equity—into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.

 

How much does a Habitat house cost?

Bucks County Habitat homes currently range between $100,000.-$150,000.

Habitat houses are affordable for low-income families because there is no profit included in the sale price. Approved homebuyers never pay more than 30% of their gross monthly income for their housing costs.

 

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 Habitat for Humanity International.

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 homebuyers selected?

Those in need of decent shelter apply to local Habitat affiliates. The affiliate’s family selection committee chooses homebuyers 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 buyer selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in homebuyer selection. For more information, please email Family Program Director, Stefanie Clark, at s.clark@habitatbucks.org.