Myth: Habitat for Humanity gives houses away to poor people.
Fact: Habitat for Humanity offers homeownership opportunities to families who are unable to obtain conventional house financing. Generally, this includes those whose income is 30 to 80 percent of the area's median income. Habitat homeowner partners pay $1,500 on closing costs and contribute 260 to 500 hours of "sweat equity" on the construction of their home or someone else's home.
Myth: Habitat houses reduce a neighborhood’s property values.
Fact: Housing studies show affordable housing has no adverse effect on neighborhood property values. In fact, Habitat houses have proven to increase property values and local government tax income.
Myth: Habitat homeowners are on welfare.
Fact: While some Habitat homeowners receive aid, many more are working people. Typically their annual income is less than half the local median income of $56,000.
Myth: You have to be Christian to become a Habitat homeowner.
Fact: Habitat homeowners are chosen without regard to race, religion or ethnic group, in keeping with U.S. law and with Habitat's abiding belief that God's love extends to everyone.
Myth: Habitat for Humanity is an arm of the government.
Fact: Habitat for Humanity is not an arm of the government. Habitat is an independent, nonprofit organization that accepts some government funds and other resources to help provide houses for those in need. We accept these funds as long as they do not limit our ability to demonstrate the love and teachings of Jesus Christ.
Myth: Habitat for Humanity was founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
Fact: Habitat was started in 1976 in Americus, Ga., by the late Millard Fuller and his wife Linda. President and Mrs. Carter have been longtime Habitat supporters and volunteers who help bring national attention to the organization's mission. Each year, they lead the Jimmy Carter Work Project to help build houses and raise awareness of the need for affordable housing.