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What is Habitat for Humanity? Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization. We are dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Our ministry was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, decent place to live in dignity and safety. Learn more at www.habitat.org.

What is Beaches Habitat for Humanity? Founded in 1991, Beaches Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in the Jacksonville Beaches. Como afiliado de Hábitat para la Humanidad Internacional, trabajamos en colaboración con las familias y los voluntarios locales para construir y rehabilitar sencilla, vivienda digna para las familias calificadas en necesidad. Reconociendo la importancia de la educación para romper el ciclo de la pobreza, we also offer a number of educational opportunities for both our homeowners and their children.

What is your mission? La asociación con Dios y la comunidad, nuestra misión es eliminar la vivienda inadecuada en las playas de Jacksonville. Además de la construcción y rehabilitación de calidad, viviendas asequibles para las familias calificadas en necesidad de ningún beneficio, también nos guiamos nuestras familias socias a través de propiedad de la vivienda y proporcionar oportunidades educativas para que puedan construir un futuro mejor para ellos y sus hijos.

What is Beaches Habitat’s relationship to Habitat for Humanity International? Beaches Habitat for Humanity is one of more than 1,700 US affiliates and 550 international affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) that combined have built more than 300,000 los hogares de todo el mundo. Habitat affiliates are independent, organizaciones sin fines de lucro que son organizadas por los ciudadanos locales y operan con las juntas locales y voluntarios locales. Los voluntarios proporcionan la mayor parte del trabajo, y corporativos, donantes religiosas e individuales proporcionan el dinero, materiales y mano de obra necesaria para construir viviendas de Hábitat.

How does it work? Nuestro programa es una mano, not a hand-out. A través del trabajo voluntario y donaciones de dinero y materiales, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, viviendas dignas junto a nuestro dueño de casa (socio) familias. Hábitat no es un programa de sorteo. Además de un pago inicial y pagos mensuales de la hipoteca, Los propietarios invierten cientos de horas de su propio trabajo (sweat equity) en la construcción de su casa Hábitat y las casas de los demás. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with zero interest loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses.

How are the houses built? Habitat homes are built with the labor and skill of hardworking families building alongside dedicated volunteers. The workers are supervised by our skilled construction staff who oversee the construction of each home.

What does “more than homes” mean? In addition to building quality, viviendas asequibles para las familias calificadas en necesidad de ningún beneficio, también nos guiamos nuestras familias socias a través de propiedad de la vivienda y proporcionar oportunidades educativas para que puedan construir un futuro mejor para ellos y sus hijos.

What does education have to do with building homes? In short? Everything. Reconociendo la importancia de la educación para romper el ciclo de la pobreza, Beaches Habitat offers a number of educational support, enrichment programs and college scholarship opportunities to assist students and families in achieving their highest academic potential. Our programs include homework help, lectura y tutoría de matemáticas, a school-based mentoring program, financial literacy programs and a number of other community supported experiences. Our long-term goal is to help every student become eligible for scholarships and graduate college.

Do I have to be skilled to help build a Habitat home? No! While having skilled volunteers helps, our staff will train anyone willing to help eliminate substandard housing in the Beaches. Still nervous about working out on the construction site? We can always use volunteers in the office, on a committee or serving as a tutor.

How is home construction paid for? It costs roughly $75,000 (excluding land and infrastructure) to build a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom Beaches Habitat home. Habitat purchases materials with donations from individuals, churches, businesses and civic organizations. No government funds are accepted for the construction of homes. We do receive some government funding to help purchase land and pay for infrastructure. Además, all homeowner mortgage payments are placed in a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more homes each year.

How does Habitat work with the government? Hábitat para la Humanidad Internacional (HFHI) has a Government Relations and Advocacy team that works with legislators and housing regulators to increase support for affordable homeownership and eliminate poverty housing. HFHI also monitors public policies related to housing, community and international development, while advocating for policy choices that increase access to decent, affordable housing for people around the world.

Do I have to be a Christian to get involved? Habitat has an open-door policy: All who desire to be a part of this work are welcome, regardless of religious preference or background. We have a policy of building with people in need regardless of race or religion. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds.

Are donations tax deductable? Yes, Beaches Habitat is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

How are families selected for home ownership? A volunteer Family Selection Committee reviews applicants and follows a non-discriminatory selection process based on level of need, ability to repay the loan and willingness to partner with Habitat.

How can I help? Beaches Habitat needs more of what everyone needs – money and time. We always appreciate monetary donations in any form (one-time, estate planning, etc.), as well as donations of land or materials. You can also volunteer your time on the construction site, on a committee (house selection for example) or in the office. Getting the word out about Beaches Habitat in our community is also helpful. Your involvement can make a difference!

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