About Us

Mission Statement
Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Martin County brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
 
Vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
 
Eliminating Poverty and Homelessness
Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is a not-for-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.
 
Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner families. Habitat houses are sold to families at no profit and financed with affordable loans. The homeowners' monthly mortgage payments are used to build more Habitat houses.
 

Habitat for Humanity of Florida has an open-door policy; all who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

 

 
Providing a Hand-Up, Not a Hand-Out
Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest a minimum of 300 hours of their own labor — sweat equity — into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.
 
Habitat's funding comes from financial and in-kind contributions from businesses, churches, foundations, community groups and individuals. Funds also come from homeowner mortgage payments and fundraising events. Grants are funded through the federal, state, county and city government.
 
The Benefits of Homeownership
Studies have shown the many benefits of homeownership. Children of homeowners:
  • are 25 percent more likely to graduate from high school
  • are 116 percent more likely to graduate from college
  • have 3 percent fewer behavioral problems
  • are 59 percent more likely to own their own home within 10 years of leaving their parents' household
  • are 20 percent less likely to become teenage parents

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