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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Habitat for Humanity?
A. Habitat for Humanity Manitoba is the local affiliate of an international non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing by building safe, decent, affordable homes for purchase by low-income working families.

Q. Where did Habitat begin?
A. Millard and Linda Fuller started Habitat for Humanity in the community of Americus, Georgia in the southern part of U.S.A. in 1976.

Q. How long has Habitat been in Winnipeg?
A. Incorporated in 1987, the first Habitat families in Winnipeg moved into their homes in 1988. Since then a total of over 275 families enjoy save, decent, affordable housing as a result of the organization's efforts.

Q. Who qualifies for a home?
A. Habitat partners with low-income working families - families ready for the responsibility and challenges of homeownership, but would not qualify for a traditional mortgage. These are people like you and me with only personal circumstances causing them to seek out Habitat.

Q. How are the partner families chosen?
A. The selection of families is based on three principles; need, ability to pay, and willingness to partner and must meet the criteria set forth here.

Q. Are Habitat houses given to the families?
A. NO! Habitat houses are not given away. They are made affordable and sold at market value, with no down payment, no interest mortgages to selected families. Monthly mortgage payments are set at 25% of the family income.

Q. How are homes built?
A. Numerous dedicated volunteers under the guidance of professional construction supervision, work together using top grade, new building materials and energy efficient building techniques to create homes that raise the value of the neighbourhoods where they are built. All Habitat homes are energy efficient and become truly affordable as they meet Power Smart Gold Standards and are built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification.

Q. How is Habitat for Humanity financed?
A. Habitat is able to carry out its work through the generosity of corporations, companies, service organizations individuals, churches, and others. They make donations of cash, gift-in-kind materials, and time. Special events such as Cycle of Hope, Ride Around the Lake, Muddy Waters, House Party & Auction and Women Build raise enough money to build three or four homes each year. Mortgage payments from Habitat homeowners are another source of funding that goes into the purchase of the land required to build future Habitat homes. One hundred percent of your charitable donation goes to the Habitat Build program.

Q. What is The ReStore?
A. The Habitat for Humanity Manitoba ReStore was the first of its kind, anywhere. There are now 80 ReStores in Canada and over 800 across the United States. The ReStore receives new and used building materials generously donated by manufacturers, retailers, contractors and homeowners and resells them to the general public at greatly reduced prices.

Q. How many Habitats operate in Canada?
A. There are presently 69 Habitat affiliates that have built over 2200 homes across Canada with Habitat Manitoba building 278 as of 2013. Worldwide, Habitat has built over 600,000 houses with approximately 2,500,000 people living under a Habitat roof. At the present rate a Habitat house is completed somewhere in the world every 24 minutes.

Q. How can people become involved with Habitat?
A. Share your time as a volunteer on a building site, at the ReStore, or as a member of various organizational committees. Provide financial resources by making a cash or gift-in-kind donation. Encourage the corporation, company, church, service club or other organization you are involved with to become a supporter of Habitat for Humanity Manitoba.
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