Mitos e Verdades

Myth: Habitat for Humanity gives houses away to poor people.
Habitat for Humanity offers homeownership opportunities to families who are unable to obtain conventional house financing. Generally, this includes those whose income is 30 a 50 percent of the area’s median income. In most cases, prospective Habitat homeowner families make a $500 down payment. Additionally, they contribute 300 a 500 horas de “suor” on the construction of their home or someone else’s home. Because Habitat houses are built using donations of land, material and labor, mortgage payments are kept affordable.

Homeowner Abdur-Rahmaan works with volunteers to frame his Habitat house, sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Columbus, Georgia.

Myth: Habitat houses reduce a neighborhood’s property values.
Housing studies show affordable housing has no adverse effect on neighborhood property values. Na verdade, Habitat houses have proven to increase property values and local government tax income.

Myth: Only African Americans get Habitat for Humanity homes.
Fact: Habitat builds houses in partnership with those in need regardless of race, religion or any other difference. Prospective homeowners must meet three criteria: need; ability to repay the mortgage; and a willingness to partner with Habitat. Statistically, 33 percent of Habitat homeowners are Anglo and 67 percent are people of color.

Myth: Habitat homeowners are on welfare.
Fact: While some Habitat homeowners receive Aid to Families with Dependent Children, many more are working people. Typically their annual income is less than half the local median income in their community.

Myth: Você tem que ser cristão para se tornar um proprietário Habitat.
Fact: Habitat são escolhidos sem distinção de raça, religião ou grupo étnico, de acordo com U.S. lei e com a crença permanente de Habitat que o amor de Deus se estende a todos. Habitat também acolhe voluntários de todas as fés, ou nenhuma fé, que ativamente abraçar meta de eliminar a carcaça da pobreza do mundo Habitat.

Myth: Habitat for Humanity International dita a política e práticas para cada organização Habitat locais.
Fact: filiais habitat local são independentes, organizações sem fins lucrativos que operam dentro de uma área de serviço específico no âmbito do Habitat da filial Aliança.

Myth: Habitat for Humanity é um braço do governo.
Fact: Habitat para a Humanidade não é um braço do governo. Habitat é uma organização independente, nonprofit organization that accepts some government funds and other resources to help provide houses for those in need. We accept these funds as long as they do not limit our ability to demonstrate the love and teachings of Jesus Christ. Additionally, our local affiliates insert specific guidelines as needed to avoid becoming dependent on or controlled by government funds.

Myth: Habitat for Humanity was 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 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.

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