Frequently Asked Questions
Who are we and what do we do?
Habitat-NYC is a faith-based not for profit organization that transforms lives and neighborhoods as we build affordable homes for ownership and advocate for affordable housing in New York City.
What is your connection to Habitat for Humanity International?
We are an independently funded affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller. Donations to Habitat International fund housing programs overseas and donations to Habitat-NYC fund housing programs in the boroughs of New York City.
Who is Jimmy Carter?
Our most famous volunteer! Habitat-NYC started building in 1984, when Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter came to build affordable housing on Manhattan’s Lower East Side during Habitat International’s first annual Jimmy Carter Work Project.
Who can volunteer for Habitat-NYC?
We unite people across all races, nationalities, ethnic and religious backgrounds around the cause of decent, affordable housing for everyone.
Who can apply to own a Habitat-NYC home?
Families currently renting homes with substandard conditions
Families with incomes between 50% and 80% of New York City’s median income
Families willing to invest 200 hours of "sweat-equity" per adult (limit 400 hours per household)
Families living in the neighborhoods where we build are given first preference
What makes Habitat-NYC homes affordable for low-income families?
Community, faith, and corporate sponsorships
Government funding of infrastructure
“Sweat equity” hours in place of a monetary down payment
An affordable mortgage
What kind of homes do we build?
Habitat-NYC builds or renovates single-family homes or multiple-family condominium apartments.
What is the cost of a Habitat-NYC home?
The cost of a Habitat-NYC home is tied to a family's income. Habitat-NYC families will pay no more than 33% of their income in monthly housing costs.
How can I obtain a homeownership application?
If you are interested in becoming a Family Partner, please refer to this
site periodically, Own a Habitat Home, or call the application hotline at (212) 991-4000 ext.327 to learn when applications are being accepted.
How can I volunteer?
Individuals, skilled workers in the building trades, groups from companies, congregations, local organizations, and national service volunteers and interns can all lend a hand. Go to Volunteer and follow the links.
How can I donate?
Individuals can send donations, including matching gifts, celebration gifts, monthly pledges in our Sustainer Program and planned giving. Corp-orations, faith groups and local organizations can sponsor homes or send groups for team building. The building trades can arrange in-kind sponsorships of new materials needed in construction. You can also make your tax-deductible donation using our secure online donation form. Go to Donate Funds and Materials and follow the links for more information.