HOME BUILDING FAQ
Q1 – What is Habitat for Humanity San Bernardino Area, Inc.?
Habitat for Humanity San Bernardino Area (HFHSBA) is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that offers families in need a hand up, not a handout. Habitat International was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller and his wife, Linda.
HFHSBA was founded in 1992. By building homes in partnership with families in need, HFHSBA seeks to eliminate poverty housing and substandard living conditions in the San Bernardino Area, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. We invite people of all backgrounds, all faiths – or no faith – races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.
Q2 – How does Habitat work?
Families are selected on the basis of housing need, willingness to partner with Habitat and ability to repay the mortgage loan. Habitat houses are sold to partner families with zero-interest mortgages. These monthly mortgage payments are recycled into a revolving fund to construct more Habitat houses in the San Bernardino Area.
San Bernardino Habitat builds homes using:
- Tax deductible contributions – land, materials, money
- Volunteer labor – Almost 100% of the labor we utilize is from volunteers
- “Sweat equity” labor of homeowner families – potential homeowners contribute 300-500 hours of labor per family. This “sweat equity” can be applied to the construction of their own home, the construction of homes for others, assisting in the ReStore, or other Habitat projects. This keeps the help and goodwill in circulation. Plus, future homeowners learn hands-on how to maintain and fix their homes!
Q3 – How are partner families selected?
Families attend a Homeowner Orientation and then apply to the affiliate. A family selection committee selects homeowners based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program and their ability to repay the mortgage loan. The family selection committee follows a non-discriminatory policy of family selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing the families who receive Habitat houses.
Q4 – How do I apply for a Habitat Home?
Please attend a scheduled Homeowner Orientation. At the orientation you will receive a homeowner application. Individuals interested in a Habitat home should be aware that it is a long-term partnership and take time to put in sweat equity and move into a home.
Q5 – How can I become a Volunteer?
Habitat needs volunteers to work on building projects and in the ReStore. Volunteers are also needed behind the scenes – in the office, on committees and on the board of directors.
To get started today, please follow these simple steps:
- 1. Click here to go to Volunteer Up
- 2. Register on VolunteerMatch
- 3. Register as a new volunteer
- 4. Sign up for a volunteer shift
- 5. Show up with a smile!
If interested in more information please call the Habitat office at: (909) 478-1176.
Q6 – How do I donate new building materials or building equipment?
Contact our office at: 909-478-1176 to donate building materials and/or construction services.Q7 – How else can I help?
Spread the word! Provide individual and group prayer support. Raise money, and distribute literature to friends and co-workers. Contact the Habitat office at (909) 478-1176 and request a speaker. And, of course, you can make a financial contribution or an in-kind donation.