Habitat for Humanity

About Habitat for Humanity

It is often misunderstood that Habitat for Humanity gives homes away, but that is incorrect. Families must qualify for the program and purchase the home with a 20-year, no-interest loan from Habitat for Humanity. Families qualify on three criteria: need, ability to pay, and willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity. Families will also put in 300-400 hours of sweat equity, which includes working on other construction projects, helping at the ReStore, and other volunteer opportunities with Habitat for Humanity. They also attend the Blueprint to Home ownership classes to learn how to be a good neighbor, protect their investment, basic home repair, budgeting, etc. Once they complete 200 hours of sweat equity, families are offered a property and can complete sweat equity on their own home.
More than 25,000 families live in cost burden housing in the Des Moines area and approximately 8,000 would qualify financially for a Habitat home. The need is great and this is why St. Francis is getting involved.

Mission : Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity Partners with God and all members of our community to build simple, decent housing which strengthens families and transforms neighborhoods through home ownership.

Core Values: Faith and Integrity, Safety and Quality, Compassionate and Motivated Workforce, Empowerment


2017 Home Build

Habitat is currently looking for in-kind donations on building materials and services. If you or your business is interested in making an in-kind donation, please fill out the in-kind donation form.

 

 

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Ways You Can Help

  • Prayer support
  • C ome build with us:
    • Learn new skills (no building skills required)
    • Meet new people, reconnect, build community
    • Sign up individually or as a group – SFA Young Adults, Christ Renews, bible study small groups, Knights of Columbus
    • Minimum age to help with construction is 16
  • Provide and serve a light lunch for volunteers on the job site
    • Sandwiches, pizza, chips, etc.
    • Donate cases of water or pop
  • Monetary donations
    • Monthly tithing envelopes
    • Direct donations payable to St. Francis Habitat for Humanity
    • Company match
  • In-kind donations for materials or specific construction services