Everything You Need to Know

Learn more about Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity, Habitat for Humanity International and how to volunteer!

What is Habitat for Humanity?

Habitat is a nonprofit, Christian housing ministry. We believe that every person should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. We build, renovate and repair houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations. We welcome all people to work with us in partnership. We advocate to increase access to decent, affordable housing around the world.

How many people has Habitat served worldwide?

More than 1 million families representing 5 million people

Who are the founders of Habitat for Humanity International?

Millard and Linda Fuller

What role does Jimmy Carter play?

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter’s involvement with Habitat for Humanity International began in 1984 when the former president led a work group to New York City to help renovate a six-story building with 19 families in need of decent, affordable shelter. Jimmy Carter is our first famous volunteer.

When was HFHI started?


What are the three basic guidelines for homeownership?

Need for affordable housing, ability to repay the mortgage and willingness to partner.

Does Habitat give houses away?

No, for Humanity is not a giveaway program and makes no profit on the sale. Habitat homeowners purchase their houses through affordable monthly mortgage payments. Habitat’s homeowners also invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners.

How much of the Habitat home does the homeowner have to pay for?

All of it!

What percent interest does the homeowner have to pay for their home?

zero percent

What is the sweat equity and how much of it is required?

Sweat equity is the 300-400 required hours – dependent on number of applicants – that new homeowners must spend working on their house, other people’s houses, in the ReStore or in other approved volunteer positions.

What is the ReStore?

The ReStore is a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Habitat for Humanity ReStores are proudly owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and proceeds are used to build homes, community and hope locally and around the world. Volunteers are vital in keeping the ReStore operating! All proceeds benefit Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity

Does the ReStore pick up items?


Who is your local affiliate’s Executive Director?

Suzan Fichtner

Does Habitat only focus on building new houses?

No, Habitat works in a number of different ways to create decent, affordable housing. In addition to new construction, Habitat also renovates existing buildings in many communities, particularly in urban areas.

Habitat’s A Brush with Kindness and Neighborhood Revitalization help people repair and improve their own homes and neighborhoods.

Our Disaster Response program also works with local communities to address a variety of housing needs after natural disasters.

Habitat’s partnerships and advocacy work help raise the awareness and support needed to address housing needs around the world

How do I volunteer?

Contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteercoordinator@nohfh.com or 732-228-7962 ext. 110