Facts about Habitat For Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity is an international non-profit organization that strives to eliminate poverty housing. Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, HFHI is responsible for building more than 200,000 homes in 100 countries and has housed over one million people. Habitat invites people from all walks of life to work in partnership to build new homes for families in need.
Bullhead Regional Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity was established in our area March 2007 as Bullhead Regional Habitat for Humanity. The first lot has been purchased and fund-raising is in progress to begin the critical need for housing for hard-working, low income families in our area. Habitat houses are build based on a partnership between a family and the community. A qualifying family pays for their home through “sweat equity hours” and a zero-interest mortgage loan. Community involvement includes financial sponsorship, in-kind donations and a huge volunteer workforce. Volunteers work side-by-side with the families to proved labor during most phases of the home’s construction. Volunteers, the backbone of our organization, include individuals from the local community as well as groups from different faith communities, corporations, schools and other community organizations.
Our Community’s Need
Bullhead City is the sixth largest Arizona City and Mohave County is the second fastest growing county in Arizona in 2006. Currently 1.2 million Arizona residents live in sub-standard housing. Lack of affordable housing results in over-crowding, poor living conditions and excessive household expenses.
Habitat homeowners are families who wish to purchase a home but do not qualify for traditional home loans. Habitat for Humanity is an equal opportunity housing provider and complies with Federal regulations regarding discrimination. It considers applicants without regard to race, religion, gender, handicap, familiar status or nationality. Families who apply for a Habitat home must meet the following criteria.
- Currently live in sub-standard housing
- Income level must fall between 30%-65% of the median income
- Good credit record
- Two years of steady and reliable employment
- Complete 500 “sweat equity” hours
- US Citizen or have permanent resident status for no less than four years
Volunteer opportunities include (but not limited to)
- House Construction
- Administrative Work
- Committee Membership (Construction, Faith Relations, Family Partner, Family Selection, Public Relations, Resource Development)
Habitat receives funding through tax-deductible donations from Individual, Corporations, Churches, Grants, Community Organizations, and Fund Raising events.
How YOU Can Help!
Money is critical for helping Habitat in it’s mission of eliminating poverty housing. Every dollar makes a difference! Financial Support may be in the form of:
- Annual or One-Time Contributions
- Matching Gifts (Individual or Company)
- Planned Giving
- Special Events
For tax purposes, your gift to Habitat will be categorized as a contribution that provides assistance to the working poor. Taxpaers can get a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on their Arizona income tax return up to $400 ($200 single taxpayers). Habitat is a non-profit 501C3 tax-exempt publicly supported charitable organization.