Founded in 1986, Alachua Habitat for Humanity is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. We seek to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. To accomplish these goals, we invite people of all backgrounds, races, and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.
Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Alachua Habitat has built more than 100 homes in the local community. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans.
In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor (sweat equity) into building their Habitat house and the houses of others. The cycle of giving continues as the homeowners' monthly mortgage payments are then used to build more Habitat houses.
Although we work in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International, the affiliate is an independent organization lead by a board of directors to coordinate all aspects of Habitat home building in Alachua County, including fundraising, building site selection, partner family selection and support, house construction, and mortgage servicing.