Organization FAQs

What is Habitat for Humanity?

Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization. We work in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and in about 70 countries around the world. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward our vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with people and families in need of a decent and affordable home.

Learn more at habitat.org

How does Habitat for Humanity help people?

People in your community and all over the world partner with Habitat to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.

How does Habitat for Humanity homeownership work?

Families in need of decent, affordable housing apply for homeownership with their local Habitat for Humanity.

Each local Habitat’s family selection committee selects homeowners based on three criteria:

  • The applicant’s level of need.
  • Their willingness to partner with Habitat.
  • Their ability to repay a mortgage through an affordable payment plan.

As part of their willingness to partner, Habitat’s homebuyers invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners.

Habitat for Humanity follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection.

Visit our Get Help page to learn more.

What is Beaches Habitat for Humanity's relationship to Habit for Humanity International?

Beaches Habitat for Humanity is a local Habitat for Humanity organization, or affiliate, serving the Jacksonville Beaches community.

Habitat for Humanity affiliates act in partnership with and on behalf of Habitat for Humanity International.

Each Habitat affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area.

How do I become a volunteer?

There are many ways to volunteer. Visit Get Involved to learn how to:

  • Volunteer to build a home;
  • Build relationships with your co-workers, congregation or friends through a group build day on our construction site;
  • Volunteer long term through internships and National Service;
  • and more...

Does Beaches Habitat accept donations?

Yes! Gifts in many forms will help families build a place they can call home. Visit Support to learn more about how you can invest in the mission and vision of Beaches Habitat.

Many local Habitats have home improvement stores called Habitat ReStores, which sell reusable and surplus building materials, furniture and appliances to the public. Beaches Habitat does not have a Restore. That means that we have limits on accepting donations of material and building supplies, but we encourage you to  find a local Habitat ReStore.

How does Habitat work with the government?

Habitat for Humanity works to change laws and shape policies that affect access to housing. Therefore, we talk to legislators and housing regulators to encourage support for affordable homeownership.

In addition, Habitat encourages supporters to take action when public policies impact housing, and community and international development.

Habitat does sometime accepts government funds. However, we only accept funds when they align with our principles and do not limit our ability to proclaim our Christian identity.

Learn more about Habitat's advocacy efforts.

Is Habitat for Humanity a Christian organization?

Yes, we are rooted in Christian values. However, we do not discriminate. Our programs are inclusive of homeowners, volunteers and supporters of all kinds and from many backgrounds.

Learn more about Habitat’s history.

New Home Program FAQs

Who are typical Beaches Habitat homeowners?

Beaches Habitat homeowners are people who need some help to stand on their own.

Typically, they work in service industries, such as grocery stores, restaurants, and childcare facilities; doing domestic work; and as Certified Medical or Certified Nursing Assistants. These are not high paying jobs. Some are on permanent disability with minimal income.

When they apply, most of our homeowners are paying too much of their income for rent, are living in housing that is overcrowded or deplorable.

Buying a Beaches Habitat home at an affordable price means that they can be in a better position to pay for life's necessities, like groceries, health care, and a reliable vehicle, instead of spending so much of their money on housing.

Who decides who can buy a Beaches Habitat home?

During enrollment periods, people in our service area can complete an application for homeownership.

Applications are reviewed by Beaches Habitat staff and a volunteer Family Selection committee.

To qualify for an affordable home, each applicant is required to meet three basic selection criteria: a need for adequate housing, the ability to repay an affordable mortgage, and the willingness to Partner with Beaches Habitat.

We follow a non-discriminatory selection process, governed by federal, state, and local law.

How are Beaches Habitat homes priced and sold?

Habitat homes are built and sold at no profit, with an affordable mortgage. The sale price is determined by an independent appraisal of fair market value. Monthly payments are determined by the homebuyer’s income and do not exceed 30% of their monthly income.

Do Habitat homeowners pay property taxes?

Yes, property taxes for Habitat homes are assessed at the same millage rate of any other home in Duval County.

What happens if a homeowner falls behind on their payments?

Beaches Habitat mortgages are outsourced to a third-party for full mortgage servicing. If a homeowner falls behind on their payments, the third-party service contacts the homeowner directly.

The third-party service also notifies Beaches Habitat staff, who personally follows up with the homeowner to help them find a solution to get their mortgage current.

Beaches Habitat's ultimate goal is to prevent foreclosure and keep residents in their homes. Because of the strong relationship with homeowners, the foreclosure rate is minimal.

Are Beaches Habitat homeowners allowed to sell their homes?

Yes, a Beaches Habitat home can be sold. However, Beaches Habitat has “First Right of Refusal” to purchase the home at fair market value.

Can a Beaches Habitat homeowner "flip" their home and make a lot of money?

Beaches Habitat homeowners commit to owning their homes for at least 5 years. Since “flipping” usually means that someone buys a property and resells it quickly, a Beaches Habitat homeowner CANNOT flip their house.

After 5 years, we follow a policy of "shared appreciation."

That means, if the homeowner sells their home for more than they bought it, the difference is shared by the homeowner and Beaches Habitat. The amount that the homeowner keeps increases (and Beaches Habitat’s portion decreases) the longer they own their home.

Does anyone really need a home at the beach?

Beaches Habitat homeowners are already connected to the beach communities when they purchase their Habitat home and most work in the beach communities. Many are forced to pay rent that is far too high for their income or have to face a long commute, using often unreliable public transportation.

Helping them to buy a home at the beach gives them the time and financial resources to do many things that they were unable to do before, like spending more time with their children or pursuing higher education. When they buy a home at the beach, they also pay property taxes, helping to support the programs we need in our communities.

Potential Homebuyer FAQs

How does Habitat for Humanity homeownership work?

Families in need of decent, affordable housing apply for homeownership with their local Habitat for Humanity.

Each local Habitat’s family selection committee selects homeowners based on three criteria:

  • The applicant’s level of need.
  • Their willingness to partner with Habitat.
  • Their ability to repay a mortgage through an affordable payment plan.

As part of their willingness to partner, Habitat’s homebuyers invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners.

Habitat for Humanity follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection. When choosing Habitat's homeowners, we seek qualified candidates in a manner that does not unlawfully discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, gender or gender expression, marital status, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, veteran/reserve/national guard status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.

What makes a Beaches Habitat for Humanity home affordable?

  • Donations from community and faith based organizations, as well as corporations
  • Individual donations
  • Volunteer labor
  • Grants from the government and private sector
  • An affordable mortgage

How do I get an application for a home?

During enrollment periods, applications are distributed at the Beaches Habitat administrative office.

We are not accepting application until further notice. Please visit our Homeownership page for updates.

Does my credit have to be perfect?

No, however, applications do require a hard pull of your credit report. Credit history and monthly debt obligations will be reviewed.

What is sweat equity?

“Sweat equity” is Habitat’s term for the volunteer labor that homeowners contribute to building their homes and the homes of their neighbors, as well as the time they spend in financial and homeowner education courses. Future homeowners are required to complete sweat equity as part of their qualification for our program.

Sweat equity can be fulfilled through a combination of class participation, construction activities, and other pre-approved volunteer opportunities. Individuals with a documented medical need may have access to alternative options for sweat equity hours through a partner organization.

Sweat equity requirements are as follows:

  • Single mortgage holder - 300 hours
  • Double mortgage holder - 200 hours each
  • Household members, age 18 and older - 100 hours each

Are there income requirements?

Yes. Please see the Selection Criteria section of our Homeownership page for income guideline. Income guidelines are subject to change.

If I'm approved, how much will I pay for my home each month?

A homeowner's monthly payment will include the mortgage payment, contribution to a home repair escrow, homeowner's association dues, homeowner's insurance, and property taxes. The terms of the mortgage will be adjusted so that the total payment does not exceed 30% of a household's gross monthly income.

If I'm approved, do I get to choose where I live?

No. Part of the willingness to partner criteria includes accepting the home that is assigned to you by Beaches Habitat for Humanity.

Home Construction FAQs

How big is a Beaches Habitat for Humanity home?

Our typical design is a 2-story duplex with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. They are roughly 1150 sq. ft.

Beaches Habitat has built a range of styles and sizes over the years, including 1-story single-family homes and 2-story townhomes. The differences usually depend on lot sizes, infrastructure costs, and family needs. 

How long does it take to build a Beaches Habitat home?

Construction on a 2-story duplex typically takes 6 months.

There is usually additional time at the beginning of construction for permitting and infrastructure work and additional time at the end of construction for inspections and mortgage paperwork.

How much does it cost to build a Beaches Habitat home?

The "stand up" cost of a Beaches Habitat home - that is, the cost of building materials and sub-contractors - is around $75,000.

That's an average cost based on the last 5 to 8 years of construction.

The total cost of a house can vary pretty widely. The total cost includes land and infrastructure, plus overhead. Those costs change dramatically from project to project, depending on things like whether there is any existing infrastructure (like roads and water and sewer connections) on the property and how many homes will be built there.

Who pays to build a Beaches Habitat home?

The money for building comes from two main sources: donations and mortgage payments.

Businesses, faith communities, organizations and individuals make financial and in-kind contributions to help Beaches Habitat pay for the materials and equipment, permits and fees, and other costs associated with building a home. Volunteers, together with future Habitat homeowners, help us to stretch financial contributions further by giving their time to build homes.

In addition, the monthly mortgage payments from completed Habitat homes become part of the “Fund for Humanity,” helping to build future Habitat homes.

How does Beaches Habitat get the land to build a home?

Beaches Habitat is in the market to buy real estate, just like a conventional home builder. However, unlike a conventional home builder, we can often offer tax incentives to sellers who are willing to work with us!

If you have land in the beaches area that you're interested in selling? Learn more on our Other Ways to Give page or contact us - info@beacheshabitat.org or (904) 241-1222.

How does Beaches Habitat get the material to build a home?

Beaches Habitat purchases building materials at the most affordable price possible.

We are blessed to have partnerships, nationally and locally, with companies who donate or discount products and services to help us better use our financial resources.

Some of those partnerships include:

  • Valspar
  • DOW
  • Whirlpool

I have cabinets / doors / carpet / [insert other item here]. Can I donate these items to you?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept most donations of appliances, furniture, and building supplies.

We can sometimes accept donations of raw materials, like lumber or plywood, tools, or supplies, like paintbrushes.

To get a better idea of the kinds of donations we can accept, visit our Other Ways to Give page. Please always call or email before bringing a donation to make sure we can accept it - (904) 241-1222 or construction@beacheshabitat.org.

Your furniture and supplies may be a good donation for a Habitat ReStore. Find your local Restore at https://www.habitat.org/restores/.

Construction Volunteer FAQs

Where is the construction site?

Our service area includes Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach and Eastern Jacksonville. Most of our work is in the Mayport area of Atlantic Beach. You can see our current project address on our volunteer calendar

When do you build?

We build Tuesday through Thursday from 8 am – 4 pm, Friday from 8 am to 12 pm and Saturday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, volunteers can choose a half day or a full day. To see available dates and time, please register with our volunteer calendar.

Can I just show up at the construction site?

For safety, we have a maximum number of volunteers who can be on the site each day.  We want to be sure we have enough supplies and work for you to do, so please sign up! You can use our volunteer calendar or call our Community Outreach Director, Sarah Jared, at (904) 595-5793.

Do I have to attend an orientation before volunteering?

No, you don't have to attend an orientation before volunteering. At the beginning of each day, our construction team will orient you to the construction site, so it's is important that you arrive on time!

I registered with the calendar. Now what?

After you have created an account, you can sign up for specific dates and times on the calendar. All of the information you'll need is in the event description (look for "Home Construction"), including the meeting/site location. If you can't find what you need or have any trouble signing up for an event, please contact Sarah at (904) 595-5793 or volunteer@beacheshabitat.org.

I need a letter or a form signed to verify my volunteer hours. Can you do that?

Yes. If you have a form, please bring it with you to the construction site. At the end of your shift, one of our construction staff or AmeriCorps members will sign it for you.

If you need a letter and you'll be volunteering for 8 hours or fewer, please email volunteer@beacheshabitat.org or ask when you arrive at the site.

If you need a letter and you'll be volunteering for more than 8 hours, please download a copy of our Documentation of Hours form. When you've completed your hours, submit it for a letter by email to volunteer@beacheshabitat.org, by fax to (904) 241-4310 or in person at the office. Please allow 1 to 2 business days for completion of your letter.

Can I work with you to serve hours for probation, court-ordered community service, pre-trial intervention, etc?

Maybe. Before signing up to volunteer, please read our policy for Community Service Volunteers. The first section lists the offenses that we accept. Once you've checked to be sure you can volunteer, please make sure to review the entire policy. If you can meet the requirements, submit the form and documentation. Then, contact our office to confirm that you can complete your hours with Beaches Habitat.

What do I do if the weather is bad?

If the weather is bad, call the construction volunteer hotline at (904) 595-5810. We often have work that can be done indoors, even when the weather limits our activity. If we decide to close the construction site for the day, we will update the hotline no later than one hour before volunteers are scheduled to start.

Do I need to bring my own tools or other equipment?

**COVID-19 UPDATE**

Until further notice, volunteers are requested to provide their own tools and equipment. If you have questions about the types of tools and equipment you'll need, please contact us.

Do you provide water and lunch for me when I come to build?

**COVID-19 UPDATE***

Please be sure to bring your own water bottle, snacks, and lunch. Beaches Habitat has a water station available. Only refill using the water station if your water bottle has a removable mouthpiece. Paper cups will also be available.

Women Build FAQs

Do I have to attend an orientation before volunteering?

No. Each day on the construction site, our staff and crew leaders will train volunteers on the skills needed for that day. We do provide orientation and training from time to time with an overview of many of the skills that Women Builders will use over the course of home construction. If you’re interested in participating in future training, add your name to our Women Build Email List to receive notifications of upcoming events.

Do I have to commit to the entire build?

No, you don’t have to volunteer for the entire build. Volunteers can help out in whatever capacity is convenient for your schedule. Whether that is one day, once a week or once a month, your help is welcome! We just ask that you use the calendar to sign up for each day that you want to help.

The calendar says that the day I want to help is full. Can I still come?

We set a maximum number of volunteers for each day to ensure that we have enough tools, tasks, and supervisors to have a safe and productive day on the construction site. When we reach the maximum capacity for each day, you can add your name to the waiting list. If another volunteer cancels or opportunities become available, volunteers on the waiting list will become active and you’ll receive an email notification. Feel free to email volunteer@beacheshabitat.org or call (904) 595-5793 if you have any questions about the schedule.

Do I need construction experience?

Construction experience is NOT necessary! Volunteers are guided by our knowledgable construction staff, AmeriCorps members and volunteer crew leaders, working alongside other volunteers and future homeowners.  Whether you are learning new skills or just looking for something new and exciting, this is a rewarding experience for all involved.

Am I too old / young / [insert other adjective here]?

Our goal is to be as inclusive as possible! For safety reasons, and because of labor laws/OSHA, we require volunteers to be at least 16 years old (parental consent is required for 16 and 17 year olds). Other than that, if you are willing to learn and be part of our team, you are welcome.

For our full list of construction site recommendations and requirements, visit our Build page.

Why a build just for women?

Sometimes women are intimidated by the idea of construction or are worried that they may be the only woman on site or any number of other things that may keep a woman from volunteering with Habitat. Women Build removes some of the barriers to make volunteer construction more comfortable for those who may be hesitant to join a "traditional" build.

Also, women are pretty amazing! Women Build is fun, empowering and a great way to be active and meet new people!

Are men allowed?

Yes, men are welcome. In fact, the future homeowner or part of the leadership team may be men. Women Build provides a place for women to learn the skills needed to build a home, but that does not exclude men from participating.

How does Habitat for Humanity homeownership work?

Families in need of decent, affordable housing apply for homeownership with their local Habitat for Humanity.

Each local Habitat’s family selection committee selects homeowners based on three criteria:

  • The applicant’s level of need.
  • Their willingness to partner with Habitat.
  • Their ability to repay a mortgage through an affordable payment plan.

As part of their willingness to partner, Habitat’s homebuyers invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners.

Habitat for Humanity follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing Habitat’s homeowners.

Visit our Get Help page to learn more.

AmeriCorps Service FAQs

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). In 1993, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) was established to connect Americans of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to give back to their communities and their nation. It merged the work and staffs of two predecessor agencies, ACTION and the Commission on National and Community Service. (nationalservice.gov) The first AmeriCorps members began their service in 1994.

There are three programs under the umbrella of AmeriCorps:

How are the programs different?

 AmeriCorps State and NationalAmeriCorps VISTA
Service TypeDirect Service: directly work with volunteers and families on the construction site.Indirect Service: create infrastructure and set up programs/manuals; project-minded.
GoalsHelp build capacity: support more volunteers, build more homes.Help build programs and resources; create sustainable outcomes.
Term of Service10.5 month term and 1700 hours of service1 year of full time service

Do I need to have construction experience?

No, construction experience is not required for any of our AmeriCorps positions. AmeriCorps members are not just on the construction site - we have positions in other areas, including education and volunteer services.

It's great if you do have construction experience, especially with Beaches Habitat or another Habitat affiliate. However, we consider all of your qualifications when making our candidate selections.

What benefits do AmeriCorps members receive?

  • Modest living allowance;
  • Rent-free housing in a Beaches Habitat property shared by members while in service; housing benefit includes:
    •  
    • utilities (water, electricity, sewer);
    • basic furniture and cooking supplies;
    • smart TV;
    • shared washer and dryer;
  • Toolbelt and basic hand tools for construction members;
  • Basic health insurance for National members, health care options for VISTA members;
  • Worker's compensation insurance;
  • Training specific to service activities;
  • Childcare for eligible members;
  • Student loan forbearance for qualifying loans while in service;
  • Eli Segal Education Award upon successful completion of the service term.

What housing is available?

Beaches Habitat owns four modest 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartments in the vicinity of our administrative office. The apartments have basic furniture, including kitchen equipment, and access to a washer and dryer. Beaches Habitat covers the cost of rent, water, and electricity. Members are responsible for maintaining the interior and exterior of the apartments, including lawn care.

Apartments are limited to use by Beaches Habitat AmeriCorps members only, during their term of service. Due to space limitations, we cannot accommodate spouses, children, and/or other family members nor can we provide housing assistance if you do not use Beaches Habitat's housing.

Do I get time off?

AmeriCorps members observe the same holidays as Beaches Habitat staff. Members also have leave time for vacation and/or illness.

How often do I get paid?

AmeriCorps members receive their living allowance bi-weekly. Please be advised that, when starting service, processing can delay the first living allowance check up to a month. Members should plan for the delay when considering the financial implications of AmeriCorps service.

How do I become an AmeriCorps member at Beaches Habitat?

There is a mutual selection process for AmeriCorps members. Candidates apply by submitting their resume and a motivational statement. Applications are reviewed by Beaches Habitat staff. Candidates will be contacted to begin a selection process that typically includes 2 telephone interviews. Qualified candidates may then be conditionally offered a position by Habitat for Humanity National Service and have the opportunity to accept or decline.

All offers for AmeriCorps service are dependent on members passing a background screening and completing the application for AmeriCorps service through the My AmeriCorps portal, including references.

If I am selected, when do I start?

Pending confirmation of funding, AmeriCorps members typically begin service in late August. Specific start dates will be discussed during the application process.

Do I need to have a car?

It depends on your position. Construction Crew Leaders are required to have a car for transportation to and from the office and sites. A valid driver's license and a good driving record are required for all members. Public transportation is limited in the area around our office, so having a car is a good idea.

If I'm using my own car, will I be reimbursed?

AmeriCorps members are eligible for reimbursement of approved service-related expenses, including mileage, according to Beaches Habitat's policy.

What is the area like? What is there to do?

Beaches Habitat's offices and AmeriCorps housing are located in Atlantic Beach, FL. We are a coastal town, so the biggest attraction is the beach! Our apartments are within a few miles of several beach accesses. The area also has many parks, including those with hiking trails, kayak launches, and other amenities. We're close to the cities of Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and several other beach towns. The greater Jacksonville area has many museums, cultural attractions, and great restaurants, and it's home to the Jacksonville Jaguars as well as several minor league sports teams.

Here are links to several sites with more local information:

Donation FAQs

Does Beaches Habitat for Humanity need donations?

Yes, Beaches Habitat needs donations to advance our work.

One time donations are always needed and appreciated.

There are a variety of ways to consider taking your donation to the next level, from planned giving to stock and bond gifts, car donations to in-kind donations.

We do not receive funding from Habitat for Humanity International, so your local support is essential!

How does Beaches Habitat use donations?

Most of your donation will fund program costs. Your contribution also helps to pay for necessities, like staff salaries and the utilities at our office. Visit our Financials page for more information.

If you would like a donation to be used in a particular way, we are happy to work with you. Please contact our Development Director for more information - (904) 595-5794 or donate@beacheshabitat.org.

Are donations tax deductible?

Beaches Habitat is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your gift may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes. Consult your financial adviser or review IRS Publication 526, Charitable Contributions, for more information.

Employer Matching Gift FAQs

How do I make a matching gift?

Every employer is different. Prior to making your gift, check with your human resources department for their policy on matching charitable contributions. Many companies have simple forms that you can complete to request a matching gift.

Once you've made your donation, follow your employer's instructions for submitting a request to match your gift. Your employer will contact us to verify your gift and then complete the match according to their policy.

What information might I need from Beaches Habitat for Humanity to fill out my company's matching gift form?

Here are some commonly request items:

  • Employer Identification Number: 65-0234544
  • Organization Mailing Address: 797 Mayport Road, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
  • Phone: 904-241-1222
  • Fax: 904-241-4310
  • Email address: donate@beacheshabitat.org
  • Website: www.beacheshabitat.org
  • Organization type: Civic, Health and Human Services, Shelter

How long will it take for Beaches Habitat to receive my company match?

Anywhere from one month to one year. Please inquire with your company about their payout dates and matching gift deadlines.

What does match ratio mean?

  • 1:1 means your employer will match your donations dollar for dollar.
  • 2:1 means they will contribute two dollars for every dollar donated.
  • .50:1 means they will contribute 50 cents for every dollar donated, and so forth.

My company does not match employee donations to Habitat for Humanity. Is there anything I can do.

Absolutely. If your company does not currently match employee donations to Habitat, ask it to do so. Together, you and your employer can help build more homes for people in need.

Have more questions?

Contact us at 904-241-1222 or donate@beacheshabitat.org.

Car Donation FAQs

How do I donate my car in the Jacksonville Beaches, FL?

You can donate your car in 3 easy steps:

  1. Start your donation online by navigating to our donation wizard, or call our hotline: 1-877-277-4344
  2. Our team will ask about your vehicle, including the make, model, vehicle identification number (VIN) and current mileage.
  3. When your vehicle is accepted, schedule a day and time for us to pick it up.

What paperwork do I need to donate my car in Florida?

  • The State for Florida will require a Certificate of Title in order to donate your car.
  • To complete your car donation, transfer your title by entering the name of the agency that processes our car donations, ADVANCED REMARKETING SERVICES in the buyer/purchaser field. Then, PRINT and SIGN your name in the seller/owner field EXACTLY as it appears at the top of the title.

What kinds of vehicles can be donated?

We accept almost all vehicles, including cars, trucks, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, boats, snowmobiles, farm equipment and construction equipment. If you want to donate your car or truck, please go to our donation wizard. If you want to donate any other type of vehicle, please call us at 1-877-277-4344.

When my vehicle is sold, how much of the money goes to Habitat?

Our partners at Advanced Remarketing Services return a higher percentage than any other vehicle processing entity. On a monthly basis, more than between 78% and 82% of the gross revenue generated from vehicle sales comes to Habitat for Humanity.

What happens after my vehicle is picked up?

Your vehicle will be sold on behalf of Habitat through a national network of auctions and direct buyers.

After the vehicle has been sold, you will receive an acknowledgment letter providing your vehicle sale information.

How do I know my car is in good hands once it’s been picked up?

All the auctions and direct buyers used by Habitat are licensed, insured and bonded in the states where they operate. By signing the title directly to Advanced Remarketing Services, you are legally transferring ownership of your vehicle to Habitat for Humanity.

When your title is received and your vehicle is picked up, you are no longer responsible for the vehicle.

Are there tax benefits to donating my vehicle?

Find out more about car donation tax deductions.

What happens to donated cars?

About half of our cars are sold to licensed dealers at wholesale auctions and are reused for transportation. The other half are typically transported to auto salvage yards where all reusable car parts, batteries, tires and fluids are removed. Vehicles that can be recycled are crushed, shredded and recycled into steel.

Recycling cars keeps a huge amount of steel out of landfills – enough to build nearly 45,000 steel-framed homes every year. The energy saved each year is enough to power approximately 18 million homes!

Habitat receives funds for each donated vehicle, although a car sold at auction generally generates more revenue than one that is recycled. Every donation makes a difference and the families that partner with us are extremely grateful for your help.

Who is Advanced Remarketing Services, Inc.?

Advanced Remarketing Services is our authorized agent and attorney-in-fact for the purpose of selling vehicles and transferring titles. They handle the title transfer, towing and reporting of all vehicle donations.

Vehicle donations may be made online through the donation wizard or by calling 1-877-277-4344.

What if I have more questions?

We are happy to answer any other questions you may have. Please email your questions to carsforhomes@habitat.org or call 1-877-277-4344.