What is your connection to Habitat for Humanity International?
Habitat for Humanity is an international organization that seeks to eliminate poverty housing from the world and make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat for Humanity Anchorage is an independently-funded local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Donations to Habitat for Humanity International fund housing programs overseas while donations to Habitat for Humanity Anchorage fund housing programs right here in the Anchorage area.
How is Jimmy Carter involved with Habitat for Humanity?
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter are our most famous volunteers! Their involvement with Habitat for Humanity began in 1984 when the former president and first lady led a work group to New York City. Ever since, both Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter give a week of their time each year to build homes and raise awareness of the critical need for affordable housing.
How does the Habitat for Humanity program work?
Habitat for Humanity builds affordable homes through volunteer labor, the "sweat equity" of our partner families and donations of money and materials.
Habitat homes are sold to partner families at no profit and are financed with affordable loans.
What is the cost of a Habitat home?
Because of donated land and volunteer labor, we are able to reduce the cost of building our homes. Our construction costs are additionally offset by in-kind donations. Many companies generously donate equipment and services to us. The cost of the home depends on the area and the type of homes we are building.
How does Habitat for Humanity Anchorage obtain the land?
Sometimes land is donated to Habitat and other times, Habitat must purchase the land on the open market. Whenever we can, we look for opportunities to purchase at below-market rates to keep costs to our homeowners as low as possible.
Are your homes green?
Yes! Habitat Anchorage homes are constructed with sustainability in mind. Our homes incorporate a variety of green features including energy efficient fixtures and appliances, low-VOC paints and drought-tolerant landscaping.
Who are the Habitat for Humanity Anchorage partner families?
Habitat for Humanity Anchorage works with an underserved community in the Anchorage municipality. Families purchasing a home through Habitat typically make between 30 and 60% of the area median income (but can make up to 80% depending on the development and requirements of our partners).In order to partner with Habitat, families must meet income guidelines, have the ability to repay a mortgage, demonstrate a need for housing and complete up to 500 hours of sweat equity building their own home and the homes of their neighbors.