We build simple, decent homes for qualified families in need in the Jacksonville Beaches. In order to be considered for a new Habitat home, families must fill out an application and make a down payment of eight hours of labor (“sweat equity”). Our family selection committee then chooses families to live in our homes based on need, ability to pay and willingness to partner with us. Families selected must then invest an additional 300 hours of labor working alongside volunteers and Habitat staff to build their homes and the homes of others. Upon completion of construction, the partner family then purchases the house from Beaches at no profit and with no interest charged – the money from which is then used to build future Habitat homes. Interested in becoming a Beaches Habitat homeowner? Learn more about the application process and qualification criteria on our Homeownership page.
Recognizing the importance of education in breaking the cycle of poverty, we also offer a number of education programs to our homeowners, their children and other at-risk youth in our community.