Since it's founding in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International and its local affiliates have helped 6.8 million people find strength, stability and independence through its housing program. Open to all, Habitat for Humanity was founded as an ecumenical, non-profit ministry based on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety. Today, Habitat for Humanity is at work in every state of the United States and in more than 70 other countries around the world.
A local affiliate of HFHI, Hancock County Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1989 and works to fulfill the mission and mandates of Habitat International in our community.
Partnering with economically disadvantaged families, Hancock County Habitat seeks to eliminate poverty housing and to make decent, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Through monetary and in-kind donations, volunteer labor, and each homeowner’s “sweat equity", we are able to construct market-quality housing that we then finance under a 0-interest mortgage (0% APR) at below market cost. Hancock County Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy. All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work and apply for housing regardless of race, color, religion, age, handicap, gender, orientation, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people.
Supporting our program is the Hancock Co. Habitat ReStore. The ReStore is a non-profit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used furnishings, appliances, and building materials to the public at a fraction of retail cost. Materials sold by the ReStore are donated by individuals, manufacturers, contractors and area businesses, thereby diverting usable materials from the waste stream. Along with Habitat homeowner mortgage payments, ReStore proceeds represent a sustainable funding source for the affiliate and are used to build homes and hope in Hancock County.