Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Habitat program work?Question
Habitat offers a hand up, not a hand out, to low income working families. Its home-owners buy their houses and invest “sweat equity” labor in the construction of their homes or other Habitat projects. See Home Ownership for more details.
How do I apply for a home
Pasadena Habitat is a small affiliate, we only build 1-3 homes each year. Anyone is welcome to pick up an application when the application timeline is open. Visit out Home Ownership page for more details
How does the Habitat program keep homes affordable
By building with volunteer labor, donated funds and materials. Habitat houses are financed by the organization at no interest and are sold at no profit. Homeowner’s home payments are used to build more homes for families in need.
Why is affordable housing important?
An estimated 25% of the world’s population, some 1.43 billion people, live in substandard housing or have no home at all. According to the U. S. Census Bureau and the Texas Department of Human Services the poverty rate in Texas is 16.7 percent, placing it fifth in the nation and nearly a quarter of all poor are children.
How can I help?
Volunteers, as well as in-kind, corporate, church and individual donors, are the foundations of Habitats work in the Pasadena area. Help Habitat build homes, revitalize neighborhoods and offer hope for our neighbors in need.
How can my business get involved?
Just call us at 713-472-0997 to volunteer at the ReStore, or call 713-534-6061 to help on the construction site.
How are families selected?
HFHP’s family selection committee chooses homeowners based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program and their ability to repay the loan. Every affiliate follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing the families who receive Habitat houses.