frequently asked questions
All your questions in one place.
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.
More than 1 million families representing 5 million people
Millard and Linda Fuller
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.
No, Habitat 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.
All of it – Habitat homeowner’s pay a full 30-year mortgage.
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.
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.
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.
No, Habitat works in a myriad of ways in the community. Even more than new construction, Northern Ocean Habitat actively repairs homes for low-income, qualifying homeowners. Our many programs include “A Brush With Kindness”, Critical Home Repairs, Weatherization, Veteran Repairs, Aging in Place, and Neighborhood Revitalization, and Cars for Homes. We partner with group homes for disabled adults, we participate in global village trips (usually to Guatemala, our global partner), and we hold special events such as Women Build Week and Building on Faith month. We have many partners including the American Red Cross where we enforce a Home Fire Campaign. Our ReStore provides low-cost household items to the public, keeps tons of items out of local landfills, and of course supports our mission.
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!
If you are interested in the Habitat for Humanity program and have reviewed the requirements to see if you qualify, the next step is to submit a pre-application. We only accept applications when we have properties available and do not have a rolling application cycle. To get information about upcoming builds and properties and when we are accepting applications, please check our website and Facebook page, or contact our homeowner services coordinator by filling out a contact form or calling at (732) 228-7962 x 106.
Applicants will submit a completed pre-application and paperwork during the open application round. If within income and eligibility guidelines, applicants will be contacted for an interview in which we will confirm information provided on the application and thoroughly discuss program requirements. Once all interviews are conducted, all qualified applicants will be placed into a pool and homeowners will be selected at random. It’s important to note that we usually have a larger amount of qualified applicants than homes available. The pre-approval selection of homeowners who will purchase houses from Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity is done by the Family Selection Committee in a way that does not discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or national origin.
Yes. Habitat for Humanity does background checks on all household members over the age of 18.
We typically build two to three bedroom, wood frame houses. Newly constructed homes do not have garages, basements (unless necessary) or usable attics. Habitat builds and sells simple, decent houses.
Habitat home rendering
No. Habitat does not build custom houses. Habitat will choose the size of the house based on the household size and makeup. We expect two children of the same gender to share a bedroom if they are close in age. The location of the house is dependent upon land acquisition and municipality partnerships. The location will usually be discussed during the homeownership application process.
We categorize our repair projects into 4 categories: A Brush with Kindness, Aging in Place, Critical Home Repairs, and Weatherization. Read about them here!
Call us at (732) 228-7962 x 106 or take the preliminary survey to see if you qualify. After getting a little bit of information about your repair needs, we can send or assist you with completing a full application. You can pick up a repair application at our offices at 1187 Washington Street, Suite 3, Toms River or at the ReStore at 1214 Rt. 37 East, Toms River. You can also download a preliminary application and mail it to our offices with attention to Homeowner Services.
We are always accepting home repair applications. Qualify and apply today!
See: Qualify & Apply.
No – our affiliate only operates in northern Ocean County (Bayville and north). Visit habitat.org to find the Habitat affiliate nearest you.