About Us
 
What is Habitat for Humanity?
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFH seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.

Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. HFHI was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his wife, Linda.

Who is Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County (HFHDC)?
HFHDC became an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International in June 1998. With the leadership of Earl Hoffman, a Board of Directors was formed and the task of much paperwork began. The affiliate was originally named Kishwaukee Valley Habitat for Humanity and since changed to Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County. Since 1998 HFHDC has built thirteen (13) homes and is looking forward to building many more in the future!  We build one home in DeKalb County per year on average with the next scheduled build to take place in Spring of 2020.

How does it work?
Through volunteer labor, and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds simple decent houses with the help of homeowner "partner families." Upon completion, Habitat houses are sold to the partner family at no profit, financed by an affordable 0% interest mortgage provided by their local Habitat affiliate. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are then used to build future Habitat houses.

Habitat IS NOT a home giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments; Habitat homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor (sweat equity) into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.

What does a Habitat house cost?
Habitat houses are affordable for low-income families because there is no profit included in the sale price. Mortgage length varies from seven to 30 years.