What We Do

Organizational Update

On August 1, 2017, the Montgomery and Delaware county affiliates of Habitat joined forces to become Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery and Delaware Counties.

We have been in the business of building and rehabilitating homes for 27 years. But that’s not all we do. We repair houses so people can continue to live in safe, decent homes and so aging housing stock is preserved. We build local and regional partnerships that promote community involvement, neighborhood revitalization and stability, and individual responsibility. We empower families to become financially stable. We also run discount home improvement stores that help individuals furnish their homes at huge savings, that keep tons of materials out of local landfills and that support our programs.

 Serving Montgomery County since 1989 and Delaware County since 1990, together, we have built 82 homes from Darby to Upper Dublin, housing 312 people including 198 children. In addition to paying their mortgages, our Habitat families pay property and school taxes that contribute more than $2 million in communities including Bridgeport, Chester, Hatfield, Lower Pottsgrove, Norristown, Pottstown and Upper Dublin. 

Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery and Delaware Counties, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is an independent, locally run, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization.

 

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.

 

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:

Vision
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 and Delaware Counties 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.