Frequently Asked Questions
Are Habitat houses free?
No. Habitat homeowners purchase their homes through an affordable mortgage created with Habitat or another agency like USDA. Each future homeowner is expected to complete 250 hours of sweat equity, including helping to build their own homes, attend educational workshops, and help the affiliate with events and fundraisers.
Do you sell furniture, households items or other building materials?
We do not currently have a ReStore here in Wood County, but we are working on bringing one to the local area in the next few years!
How are homeowners selected?
Families, couples or individuals in need of decent shelter must fill out an application for the homeownership program. The Homeowner Selection Committee assesses each applicant’s level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program and their ability to repay a mortgage loan. Habitat adheres to the Federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act. Please visit our Homeownership page for more information or to apply today.
If I were to donate funds, how is my money used?
All cash donations are used where they are needed most, between operations and program expenses unless restricted towards a specific project or program. Current Administrative costs total $148,000 and are supported by Habitat mortgage income and unrestricted funds. Costs for construction and home repair projects are supported through corporate sponsorships, grants, and other unrestricted funding.
Can I volunteer even if I can’t build?
Yes, absolutely! Habitat needs volunteers to work on many tasks, including working on a committee tasked with running special events, selecting families, supporting families, providing coffees and lunches at the construction site, or working in the office by preparing mailings and other specific projects. Click here to volunteer or call our office for more information at 419-481-8100.
Do you offer emergency or temporary housing?
Unfortunately, Habitat does not offer any temporary housing or any emergency housing. Our Homeownership Program is a process that one needs to apply for and the process can take up to 12 months. For emergency situations, we suggest speaking with United Way or Job and Family Services for additional resources.