Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, an ecumenical housing ministry in partnership with families, volunteers and others, builds communities of hope, dignity, and self-worth through the construction of quality, affordable housing and the nurture of decent, safe neighborhoods. Our goal is to eradicate substandard low-income housing in
Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry that builds quality, affordable homes in partnership with deserving families.
Since incorporation in 1986, Dallas Habitat and its contributors have built over 700 homes and served as a catalyst for the revitalization of more than 20 communities.
Each year they partner with hardworking families and the community to build 70+ homes, making Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity the largest nonprofit homebuilder and the second largest homebuilder overall in the City of Dallas, as well as the third largest Habitat affiliate in the United States. How It Works
Using volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds simple, decent homes, working hand-in-hand with low-income homebuyers we know as partner families. Habitat homes are sold with no profit added to the sale price and no interest charged on the mortgage.
Habitat is not a give-away program. Families must qualify for our program. First, the family must have the need for a home, the ability to pay for a home, and the willingness to participate in our program. The families must be permanent residents of the
, have good or no credit history, and have proof of steady income for the past 2 years. Also, the family must earn between 25-60% of the median income of the area.
Partner families invest 400 hours of “sweat equity” in building their own home and homes of others. Then the families buy their houses and make monthly mortgage payments. These payments are put in our “Fund for Humanity,” a revolving fund that helps build more houses.
An Affordable Home
There is an overwhelming need for affordable housing
. A 2002 report by the Mayor’s Task Force on Affordable Housing cited a shortfall of more than 30,000 affordable housing units in
Failure to address the needs of lower income, working families “will jeopardize our current and future employment base and perpetuate the conditions of our most distressed neighborhoods,” the report warned. The need for affordable housing is as diverse as
’ population, and no single solution can address it all. Nonetheless, scant opportunity for affordable home ownership is at the heart of
’ housing need.