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Frequently Asked Questions


How does Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk work?

Through volunteer labor and donations, Habitat builds simple, quality, affordable homes with the help of our homeowner (partner) families. These houses are sold to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable loans. In addition to the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor "sweat equity" into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.

Where are Habitat homes built?

We build throughout Suffolk County on land donated by the County and Townships. This valuable donation allows us to keep the cost of home ownership affordable. We have built all the way from Westhampton Beach to Huntington!

Do I have to be of faith to be a volunteer or family partner of Habitat?
Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian organization. However, homeowners are chosen without regard to race, religion, ethnic group, gender, disability or familial status. Habitat's abiding belief is that God's love extends to everyone. We welcome volunteers from all faiths or no faith, who actively embrace Habitat's goal of eliminating poverty housing from the world.

Do I need to have knowledge about construction in order to volunteer or become a family partner?
No. Habitat’s professional construction staff will be on site to teach and provide assistance at all times. You will learn a great deal about the many elements of your home!

Who can volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk?

Any person from any background is welcome to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk. There are a variety of ways to get involved. CHECK IT OUT!

Does Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk accept donations of old or unused building materials?
We have a program called ReStore where you can donate these items. All of the proceeds from the sale of these materials will provide funding for our Habitat homes! Check it out: CLICK HERE

Who can apply for Habitat’s affordable housing program?
People in need of decent, affordable housing who meet our income guidelines and are willing to partner with Habitat can apply for this program. People who currently own a home are not eligible for the program.
To get started: CLICK HERE

What types of homes are built for Habitat families?

A typical house is approximately 1100 square feet with three bedrooms and one bath on a crawl foundation. Larger houses are built as needed depending on family size.

Does Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk give its houses away?
Habitat for Humanity is a "hand up, not a hand-out." Our partner families are assisted in applying for affordable no profit mortgages. All applicants who qualify for a home must have a steady source of income and must repay a mortgage with on-time, in-full payments each month. Habitat builds with the help of individuals, corporations and faith and youth groups who provide us with the required financial and labor investment. This allows us to keep the costs of our homes much lower than comparable houses, thus making them affordable for families in our program.

Tuesday, August 03, 2021