Frequently Asked Questions
What is the mission of Habitat for Humanity of Nacogdoches?
Habitat for Humanity of Nacogdoches is an ecumenical Christian non-profit organization working in partnership with God’s people in need to build simple, decent and affordable homes without interest or profit, thereby witnessing God’s love in action.
Does Habitat for Humanity give homes away?
No, Habitat is not a charity or a “hand-out” program but instead effectively empowers families, lifting them out of the hopelessness of poverty and substandard, unsafe housing. Each Habitat homeowner in Nacogdoches contributes at least 400 hours of “sweat equity” to build their own home and those of their neighbors. Habitat homes are sold to homeowners at no profit. Homeowners pay an affordable monthly mortgage payment of approximately $300 – $400 with zero percent interest (includes insurance and taxes). The principal from the mortgage payments comes back into our program to support building more homes.
What is Habitat for Humanity of Nacogdoches’ target area?
HFH is chartered to serve residents of Nacogdoches County and to build within the county perimeters. We serve low to very low-income families whose income is 25-60% of the Area Median Income. Habitat homes are usually built in suburban neighborhoods where low-cost land is available and our families have expressed interest in living. These areas also have adequate resources for the homeowners such as public transportation, retail stores and businesses, educational and community/social service organizations.
How is Habitat for Humanity of Nacogdoches funded?
Proceeds from the Habitat ReStore helps fund HFH’s many of the general and administrative and some home building expenses. Due its success, 90%+ of donor contributions go directly to our home building program. – The building program is funded through partnerships with the faith community, corporations, foundations, community organizations and individuals. Sponsors are required to fund a minimum of $45,000 house sponsorship fee and have the opportunity to assist with the building of their particular sponsored Habitat home.
What is the Habitat ReStore?
HFH operates a ReStore of new and used building materials that are sold to the public at reduced costs. The ReStore is open to the public and accepts donations of building materials. Donations to the ReStore are tax deductible to the extent eligible by the law. The ReStore helps the Nacogdoches community by diverting reusable building materials from the landfill. Construction companies especially appreciate the opportunity to donate usable materials and save landfill fees. – Come by and check us out – we’re at 600 Powers St, Nacogdoches, TX 75963. The ReStore is open Wednesday, Thursday & Friday (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM) and Saturday (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM).
How is Habitat for Humanity of Nacogdoches able to build affordable homes?
Volunteers! Construction of Habitat homes is made possible through the labor of our homeowners working side by side with more than 300 community volunteers a year. Volunteers help build the homes, raise funds, work in our administrative offices, provide lunch for volunteers at the work site, work at our ReStore and do much, much more. Habitat homes are affordable for low-income families because there is no profit included in the sales price and no interest charged on the mortgage.
How many homes has Habitat for Humanity of Nacogdoches completed?
Since our founding, HFH has completed the construction of 16 (as of March 2013) affordable homes in Nacogdoches. This represents more than $600,000 worth of property added to local tax rolls.
Does Habitat for Humanity of Nacogdoches accept government funding?
HFH is privately funded and does not use government funding for the building of homes. HFH does accept government funding to assist with the cost of land, infrastructure, administrative expenses and site preparation.
Does Habitat for Humanity of Nacogdoches have employees?
Yes, HFH employs approximately 5 full and part-time staff members who work in our Habitat administrative offices, ReStore and Construction Department.
How does Habitat benefit the community?
In addition to the low-income families who become homeowners each year, the Nacogdoches community realizes substantial benefit from Habitat homes: – The property tax base increases in blighted areas of the city, and families have more income available to contribute to the growth of the Nacogdoches economy. Many Habitat homeowners invest their savings from monthly housing costs for additional education and training which will increase their earning potential. – The Habitat homes catalyze improvement by prompting neighboring homeowners to begin to clean up and beautify their existing properties and buildings, creating more of a community environment in which families will take pride. – The Texas Association of Homebuilders reported in 1997 that children of homeowners were more likely to be in school at the age of 17 than children of renters. Similarly, children of homeowners were more likely to graduate from high school and less likely to become pregnant during their teenage years.
How does Habitat for Humanity of Nacogdoches support the homeowners?
Our Family Services Program employs staff who are bilingual in English and Spanish, and who guide interested families through an extensive application and selection process. Applicants who do not qualify are not just turned away; Habitat actively works to assist them in resolving problems that prevent them from homeownership, and/or provides them referral services to other organizations better suited to their individual needs. Once selected, Habitat families participate in the Family Partner program. This program is designed to further orient the selected families to the details of the building process and educate them about the responsibilities associated with successful home ownership. We emphasize budgeting, family social services, home maintenance training, conflict resolution and life skills. The Family Services Program is important because it works with our Habitat families throughout their life in a Habitat home. Should any challenges occur in the payment of the homeowner’s mortgage, the Family Services Department averts crises by working closely with the families.
How do people apply for Habitat for Humanity homes?
People interested in applying for a Habitat home should call the HFH office at (936) 564-3538.
When does Habitat for Humanity of Nacogdoches build?
HFH builds year round but the majority of our building takes place September-May on Saturdays. Many individuals and groups also volunteer on weekdays.
What is the first step to becoming a Habitat for Humanity volunteer?
Please call the office at (936) 564-3538 to verify the date and time for the next opportunity to volunteer!
What are the office hours for Habitat for Humanity of Nacogdoches?
HFH maintains an administrative office at 600 Powers St, Nacogdoches, TX 75963. This office is open to the public Monday through Friday (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM). The phone number is (936) 564-3538. The ReStore is open Wednesday, Thursday & Friday (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM) and Saturday (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM). The ReStore is located at 600 Powers St, Nacogdoches, TX 75963.