Warren County Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. WCHFH is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
The work of Habitat is accomplished by the Affiliates (independent non-profit corporations) that operate within a specific service area and within a framework of the Habitat Affiliate Covenant. Through volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, the local affiliate builds or rehabilitates decent and affordable housing with the help of prospective homeowner families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at cost and are financed with affordable, no-interest loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are recycled into a revolving fund that is used to continue Habitat’s work. Homeowners invest hundreds of hours of “sweat equity” into building their house and the houses of others. This labor by potential owners reduces the monetary cost of the house, increases the personal stake of the family members in their home, and fosters the development of the true community.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
In the spring of 1997, a group of concerned people gathered together to explore the possibility of organizing an Affiliate Habitat for Humanity in Warren County. After completing a housing needs assessment and determining that there was a need for affordable housing, the group moved to form a Steering Committee and applied for prospective affiliate status. Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) granted that status to Warren County in February 1998. The next step was to complete an extensive application process for full affiliate status. Many people were involved in the 18 month process to complete the application.
On August 1, 1999, Warren County Habitat for Humanity (WCHFH) received its affiliate status. WCHFH officially became responsible for all aspects of Habitat home building in Warren County, including fund-raising, site selection, family selection and support, construction and mortgage servicing.
Groundbreaking for the first Warren County Habitat home took place in July, 2000 with dedication of that home occurring approximately one year later.
Relationship with Habitat for Humanity International
The Warren County Habitat for Humanity has a partnership with HFHI. As a local affiliate that knows and understands the needs of the area, houses will be built and renovated. HFHI will support those efforts by acting as an organizational resource. WCHFH tithes (10%) of its unrestricted donations to HFHI to help build houses in other countries.
1.0 Purpose: This policy applies to Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations (Habitat for Humanity). The purpose of the policy is:
1. To provide internal and external clarity regarding Habitat for Humanity’s approach to humanitarian aid and development assistance as a Christian ministry;
2. To ensure alignment with recognized international standards on acceptable humanitarian aid and development assistance practices.
2.0 Policy: Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations (Habitat for Humanity) will not proselytize, nor will Habitat for Humanity work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with Habitat for Humanity. This means that Habitat for Humanity will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must
(i) adhere to or convert to a particular faith or
(ii) listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.
3.0 Rationale: Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry dedicated to a vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity conducts its programs in ways that are sensitive and respectful to the cultural context and the local faith community and reflect our belief that all are created in God’s image and deserve to be treated without discrimination. Globally, faith-based organizations from all religions approach their work with a range of motivations that inform their development approach. This policy is intended to ensure that Habitat for Humanity conforms to recognized global standards that clearly state that agencies may not condition the receipt of assistance or participation in their work on any requirement that people listen and respond to a message intended to induce people to join a religious movement, political party, or other cause or organization. Habitat for Humanity International’s motivation is to unite people around the concept of “putting God’s love into action” along with others from all faiths or with no faith convictions who are interested in helping those in need of improved shelter.