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Myths and Facts

Myth:  Habitat for Humanity gives houses out for free.

Fact:  Families that are approved to receive a house have to do Sweat Equity hours, which is that families time to the construction of their own home, the homes of other Habitat for Humanity partner families, or by volunteering to assist the organization in other ways.  They also get an interest-free mortgage on their house; the money from this mortgage then goes to help pay for other houses that Habitat builds.


Myth:  Habitat for Humanity builds homes for only Christian families.

Fact:  Habitat for Humanity will build homes for families of any religion (Christian, Muslim, Atheist, Buddhist, etc.) as long as they have Christian values.


Myth: Habitat for Humanity is an arm of the government.

Fact: Habitat for Humanity International is an independent, nonprofit housing ministry. It is not an arm of the government, nor an arm of any particular church denomination. Habitat does accept government funds for the acquisition of land or houses in need of rehabilitation. Habitat also accepts government funds for streets, utilities and administrative expenses, so long as the funds have no strings attached that would limit its ability to build each Habitat house.


Myth: Habitat for Humanity was started by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

Fact: Habitat for Humanity was started in Americus, GA., in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his wife Linda. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn (whose home in Plains is just eight miles from Americus) are longtime Habitat supporters and volunteers who help bring national and international attention to the organization's house-building work. They annually lead the Jimmy Carter Work Project to help raise not only houses, but also awareness of the need for affordable housing. Since Carter's first work project in 1984, more than 1,000 houses have been built in conjunction with the special weeks.


Myth: Habitat houses allow people to move from poverty to fancy new houses.

Fact: Any newly built house is going to be a dramatic change for a family that has been living in a shack, hut or run-down apartment. But Habitat houses are not extravagant by any standard. Habitat's philosophy is to build simple, decent homes. Under house design criteria approved by Habitat for Humanity International's board of directors, living space in a three-bedroom home, for example, is approximately 1,050 square feet. The average cost in the United States of a three-bedroom Habitat house is $46,600.