What We Do

Our mission

Habitat’s mission is to eliminate poverty housing. Partnering with caring individuals and organizations, Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County constructs simple, decent, affordable homes and empowers hardworking, low-income families to become homeowners by providing affordable mortgages* with which to buy them.

Serving Montgomery County since 1989, Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is an independent, locally run, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization. Habitat helps low- and moderate-income families become homeowners by building and partnering in the creation of affordable housing while also providing affordable, not-for-profit mortgages with which the homeowners purchase their homes.

Additionally Habitat Montco builds local and regional partnerships that promote community involvement, neighborhood revitalization and stability, and individual responsibility.

Since 1989, Habitat Montco has constructed 61 homes that house 286 people, including 196 children. These homes are located in four communities across the county: Norristown, Pottstown, Upper Dublin, Bridgeport, and Hatfield. We have been in the business of building and rehabilitating homes for 27 years. We look forward to expanding our additional services: critical home repair, neighborhood revitalization, and Almost Home financial literacy.

For more detailed information about our organization, please view our Organizational Overview.

Did you know?

  • We coordinate all aspects of Habitat home-building in our local area: fundraising, site selection, home-buyer family selection and support, home construction, and mortgage servicing.
  • We build new homes, rehab vacant properties, complete critical home repairs, and strengthen communities through neighborhood revitalization. This is accomplished by constructing new housing and renovating existing homes, mainly on parcels of land that have been donated or acquired through government-grant funding programs.
  • We partner with individuals, corporations, foundations, faith groups, and civic groups to provide the sponsor funding to cover the cost of construction labor and materials necessary to build or renovate each home.
  • We unite people of goodwill across race, ethnic, religious, socio-economic, and geographic boundaries to build each home through their volunteer efforts.
  • We provide a “hand up” to our future home-buying families as they work 200 - 400 hours of labor on the construction of their home and others’ homes. This is called “sweat equity.” All homeowners must complete their sweat equity prior to moving into their homes.
  • We serve families earning between 30-60% of the area median income by providing them with affordable mortgages*. The average monthly mortgage payment, including tax and insurance escrows, is $700.
  • We ensure that families are accepted into the Habitat program based on their need, income and willingness to partner. Applicants go through a rigorous application process, as there are many more applicants than available homes.
  • We rejoice as our Habitat homeowners’ futures brighten due to a stable, healthy environment that provides space to live, grow and dream.
  • We highlight the issue of affordable housing in our county, insisting that no one in our area should go to sleep at night without a decent roof over his or her head.

*(As of March 2017, APR is 0%) 

About Habitat for Humanity International:

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Mission statement
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

All are welcome
Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide.

Non-proselytizing policy
Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations (HFH) will not proselytize. Nor will HFH work with
entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with HFH. This means that HFH will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must (i) adhere to or convert to a particular faith or (ii) listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith. For more information, please visit the HFHI Policy Handbook.