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What is Habitat for Humanity?
How does Habitat work?
How does the partnership with homeowner’s work?
How are the partner families selected?
How are donations distributed and utilized?
How do I become a volunteer?

Q. What is Habitat for Humanity?
A.  Habitat for Humanity For Greater Moses Lake, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a nonprofit organization that raises money and recruits volunteers to build houses with Moses Lake’s low-income families. While Habitat is a Christian ministry, neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing the families Habitat partners with to build homes. Habitat has a broad base of volunteers, partner families and donors and welcomes the involvement of all individuals, including those who do not profess the Christian faith.

Q. How does Habitat work?
A. Through tax-deductible donations of money, materials and volunteer labor, Habitat builds homes with the help of the future homeowners. Houses are sold at cost (about $65,000) to partner families with 0% interest mortgages issued over a twenty-year term. Small monthly mortgage payments, paid to Habitat by partner families, are deposited into a revolving “Fund for Humanity” that funds additional houses.

Q. How does the partnership with homeowner’s work?
A.   Habitat is not a giveaway program, but rather a joint venture. Those who benefit from the housing ministry are involved in various work projects. Each homeowner family is required to invest 450 hours of “sweat equity” into Habitat’s work. This reduces the cost of the house, increases the pride of ownership, and fosters the development of positive relationships with other people. Habitat homeowner families are given assistance in developing home ownership skills through a series of home ownership classes. A Habitat For Greater Moses Lake Homeowner’s Association, comprised of all Habitat homeowners, offers on-going connection and support to Habitat homeowners.

Q. How are the partner families selected?
A.  Interested families request a qualification sheet from the Habitat office, and are invited to attend a Habitat For Greater Moses Lake New Family Informational Meeting. At this meeting, Habitat philosophy and family requirements for home ownership are explained in detail. The Family Selection Committee then reviews the applications and chooses families based upon need, willingness to partner, and ability to repay the loan. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing partner families.

Q. How are donations distributed and utilized?
A.  Tax-deductible donations are distributed as designated by the donor. Habitat For Greater Moses Lake, like all other Habitat affiliates, works with Habitat for Humanity International by sending a tithe of 10 percent of all un designated funds to build homes in third world countries. The cost of housing a family overseas is usually one-tenth of the cost of building a house in the United States. Donors who wish that their gifts be used only in Moses Lake may make that designation on their donations.

Q. How do I become a volunteer?
A.  Habitat For Greater Moses Lake needs volunteers with many skills and interests ranging from construction, and light office work, to board and committee participation. There is a place for every volunteer who desires to be in partnership building houses with Moses Lake’s people in need of housing. Simply fill out an application on our Volunteer Page.