Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Indiana frequently asked questions

Q: What is Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Indiana?
We are a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller and his wife, Linda. Seeking to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Inviting people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. Today, we have helped build over 500,000 decent, affordable houses and served more than 2 million people around the world. 

Q: How does it work?
Northeast Indiana Habitat works through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses alongside our homeowner partner families. In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest 500 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.

Q: How are partner families selected?
The 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 Habitat houses.

Q: How are donations distributed and used?
They are designated by the donor. Gifts designated to a specific building project or product are used for that purpose. Undesignated gifts are used where most needed. In-kind donations of product, if new, can be used on housing projects or deconstruct items are sold at the ReStore.

Q: How does Habitat work with the government?
We accept government funds as long as they have no conditions that would violate Habitat’s principles or limit its ability to proclaim its Christian identity. This does not preclude housing to non-Christian’s as partner families, this is the identity of our organization we hold sacred.

Q: How is Habitat for Humanity funded?
Funding and sponsorship comes from individuals, churches, corporations, foundations, and other community organizations moved by concern and compassion to help those in need. No-interest, no profit mortgage payments are also recycled to build additional houses. We also raise funding through the Habitat ReStore and Recycling Can Program. Donations are always welcome.

Q: Are contributions tax-deductible?
Yes, Habitat for Humanity of northeast Indiana is incorporated as a tax-exempt, non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status from the I.R.S. Through the Neighborhood Assistance Act Program, any business who donates over $10,000 is eligible for a tax credit up to 50% of the value.

Q: How can I get involved?
We work entirely by volunteers assistance. Many of our volunteer crews are from church groups, coworkers or groups of friends that all want to give back to the community. Some businesses in the area choose to volunteer not on a job site but by way of fund raisers to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Indiana. This kind of volunteerism/fund-raising does not need our prior approval we just ask that it follows the beliefs of Habitat. To volunteer contact our office (260) 925.2508.

Q: Wasn’t Habitat for Humanity founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter?
Habitat was started in 1976 in Americus, Ga., by the late Millard Fuller and his wife Linda. President Carter and his wife Rosalynn (whose home is eight miles from Americus, in Plains, Ga.), have been longtime Habitat supporters and volunteers just like you, who help bring national attention to the organization's house-building work. Each year, they lead the Jimmy Carter Work Project to help build houses and raise awareness of the need for affordable housing.