Frequently Asked Questions

Are Habitat homes given away?

No, homes are sold to qualified, deserving families who purchase it at an affordable mortgage. These moderate to low-income individuals and families are unable to obtain conventional home financing. Generally, this includes those whose income is 30-50 percent of the area’s median income. For more information on Homeownership click here

How is Habitat Funded?

Bend Area Habitat receives funding through a variety of sources including: mortgage payments from Habitat for Humanity homeowners, individual donations, corporate contributions, gifts from faith communities, private and governmental grants, special events, and ReStore proceeds.   

Will having a Habitat home in a neighborhood reduce property values?

Housing studies show affordable housing has no adverse effect on neighborhood property values. In fact, Habitat homes have proven to increase property values and local government tax income.

Do only ethnic minorities and/or Christians receive Habitat for Humanity homes?

No, Habitat is an equal opportunity lender and builds homes in partnership with those in need regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, familial status, disability, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, source of income, or other characteristics protected by law. Prospective homeowners must meet three criteria: need, ability to repay the mortgage, and a willingness to partner with Habitat.

Did former U.S. President Jimmy Carter found Habitat for Humanity?

No, the late Millard Fuller and his wife Linda started Habitat in 1976 in Americus, GA. President Carter and his wife Rosalynn (whose home is eight miles from Americus, in Plains, GA), have been longtime Habitat supporters and volunteers who help bring national attention to the organization’s home-building work. Each year they lead the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project to help build homes and raise awareness of the need for affordable housing.

How can I help?

There are many ways to help advance the mission of Habitat for Humanity in here in Bend.  You can donate funding to help sponsor home construction. You can volunteer on a build site or in a ReStore or in an administrative capacity.  You can donate to or shop  our ReStore. You can encourage others to join the mission of Habitat for Humanity and dream, pray and work for a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

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