What Are Habitat Houses Like?
Simple, decent and affordable.
Habitat houses around the world are built according to the same 3 guiding principles:
Habitat houses are modestly-sized. They are large enough for the homeowner family's needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum.
Habitat for Humanity uses quality, locally-available building materials. Habitat house designs reflect the local climate and culture.
The labor of volunteers and partner families, efficient building methods, modest house sizes and no-profit loans make it affordable for low-income families to purchase Habitat houses.
Habitat for Humanity activity in Florida
Habitat affiliates in Florida have served nearly 17,000 households with either new, rehabbed, or repaired housing projects. In 2014, Habitat Florida homeowners reached a milestone: they now pay more than $10 million in property taxes annually!
Habitat homes in Florida are largely built to Energy-Star standards. In many cases, building design takes into account wind mitigation, energy efficiency, and sustainability in order to provide affordability - not only upon purchase - but for the lifecycle costs of the Habitat home.
Habitat for Humanity’s commitment to build with people in need readily extends to those with disabilities. When possible, Habitat houses incorporate basic accessible design features, such as a zero-step entrance and wide passage doors and hallways. Houses built in partnership with families with disabilities include additional accessibility features.
"This home is more than a house. It is a home with love, built with love and hope and dreams, because of Habitat for Humanity. You've given our family hope - no matter how bad things get or have been in the past. God has blessed our family with the caring, supportive, concerned, kind people at Habitat."
- a Habitat for Humanity partner family