Established in 1984, Madison County NY Habitat for Humanity is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The homes are then sold to a qualifying family with Habitat for Humanity arranging for an interest free mortgage.

Volunteers provide most of the labor, and individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to build Habitat houses. Partner families must invest a minimum of 500 hours on their home or other Habitat projects which may be going on at the time. We call this sweat equity and it replaces the cash down payment. The money collected from the mortgage is then used to build or renovate another home.


What is Habitat for Humanity International?
  • A nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry.
  • Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller and his wife, Linda.
  • Seeking to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.
  • Inviting people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.
  • Today, we have helped build over 500,000 decent, affordable houses and served more than 2 million people around the world.
How does it work?
  • Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses alongside our homeowner partner families.
  • In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.
  • Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans.
  • The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses.

How are partner families selected?

  • Families in need of decent shelter apply to local Habitat affiliates.
  • The affiliate’s family selection committee chooses homeowners based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program and their ability to repay the loan.
  • Every affiliate follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection.
  • Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing the families who receive Habitat houses.

What are Habitat affiliates?

  • Community-level Habitat for Humanity offices that act in partnership with and on behalf of Habitat for Humanity International.
  • Each affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area.

Where does Habitat for Humanity operate?

  • Worldwide.
  • Our operational headquarters are located in Americus, Georgia and our administrative headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

How are donations distributed and used?

  • As designated by the donor.
  • Gifts designated to a specific affiliate or building project are forwarded to that affiliate or project.
  • Undesignated gifts are used where most needed and for administrative expenses.
  • Habitat’s most recent audited financial statement is available online.

Who controls and manages Habitat for Humanity International?

  • An ecumenical, international board of directors.
  • Board members are dedicated volunteers who are deeply concerned about the problems of poverty housing around the world.
  • The Habitat headquarters are operated by an administrative staff, professional and support employees, and volunteers.

How does Habitat work with the government?

  • We ask legislators and housing regulators to increase support for affordable homeownership and eliminate poverty housing.
  • We monitor public policies related to housing, community and international development.
  • We advocate policy choices that increase access to decent, affordable housing for people around the world.
  • We accept government funds as long as they have no conditions that would violate Habitat’s principles or limit its ability to proclaim its Christian identity.