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What does Habitat do and how does it work?

Habitat for Humanity builds houses in partnership with Central Arkansas families in need. Volunteer labor is used to keep building costs low, and Habitat homeowners make a monthly payment on a 0% interest mortgage. They also invest hundreds of hours of their own labor — sweat equity – into building their own houses and the houses of others. Habitat homeowner payments go into a revolving fund that helps build houses with other families.

How many houses has Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas built?

Since its start in 1989, Habitat has built over 160 homes in Pulaski and Lonoke counties, forever changing the lives of people in need. In addition to these homes, Habitat has rehabbed hundreds of homes through our Neighborhood Revitalization program.

How are partner families selected?

We accept applications from local families on a continuous basis. The applicants must be documented US Residents and must have worked in Pulaski or Lonoke County for at least one year prior to application. Please visit the Homeownership page for more information and contact us if you think you might qualify to become a Habitat homeowner.

Where are Habitat’s houses built and who builds them?

We build in Pulaski and Lonoke Counties exclusively. Individuals and groups from churches, civic organizations, and businesses donate their time and energy to help build the houses. Partner families also invest at least 300 Sweat Equity hours into their homes.

How big is a Habitat house and how much does it cost to build one?

In Pulaski County it costs approximately $80,000 to build one 3 to 4 bedroom house. The homes are affordable to low-income families because no profit is included in the sale of the house, and no interest is charged on the mortgage. The mortgages are financed for up to 30 years.

How does Habitat get money to build houses?

We operate on donations from churches, businesses, corporations, organizations, and individuals. Habitat accepts government funds for the acquisition of land, for building, and for infrastructure (streets, utilities, etc.) costs, so long as the funds have no conditions that would violate Habitat’s principles or limit its ability to proclaim its Christian witness. In addition to donations, the Habitat ReStore pays the operational overhead costs for Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas. Every time you donate to or purchase from a ReStore, you are helping build homes for people in Central Arkansas! Visit the Donate page to learn more about how to you can give to Habitat!

How can I become involved with Habitat for Humanity?

There are many different ways that you can volunteer with Habitat for Humanity! We need your voice, time, and financial support. Helping on construction sites or by serving on a committee, hosting and attending our special events, facilitating presentations at your church or business are all great ways to get involved. Also, donating to and shopping at the Habitat ReStore, our retail store and donation center, is a great way to help. For more information on getting involved, please visit our Get Involved section.