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 Habitat International started?


What are the three basic guidelines for homeownership?
  1. Need for affordable housing
  2. Ability to repay the mortgage
  3. 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 – Habitat homeowner’s pay a full 30-year mortgage.

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 Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a nonprofit home goods store and donation center that sells gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price.

Funds raised by the ReStore are used to directly support the construction of affordable housing and numerous repair projects.

Does the ReStore pick up items?

Yes! Pick-ups are free for residents of northern Ocean County. To schedule a pick-up, please call the donation coordinator at 732-818-9500.

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 repairs homes for veterans, seniors, disabled and those who can not perform repairs themselves.

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

How do I volunteer?

Fill out an online application and release and waiver form here or give us a call at 732-228-7962 ext. 110. Our volunteer coordinator will get you scheduled for an orientation and you can get started in no time!