FAQs

What is Habitat for Humanity?
How does Habitat work?
Where does Habitat work?
How do I get a Habitat house?
Where are homes currently being built in Franklin County?
How does Habitat make housing affordable?
What is the cost to build a Habitat home in Central Ohio?
What are Habitat houses like?
How can I get involved?
How many homes have been built by Habitat?
What is Habitat’s ReStore?

What is Habitat for Humanity?

Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio (HFHMO) is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), a nonprofit, ecumenical housing ministry which seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a reality for all families.

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How does Habitat work?

Through volunteer labor and donations of money and building materials, Habitat builds simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with zero-percent interest mortgages that are held by the local affiliate. The homeowners must contribute 200-250 hours of labor (sweat equity) to the construction of their own and other homes, and their monthly mortgage payments pay for their home and contribute toward building future Habitat houses.

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Where does Habitat work?

HFHMO has served more than 300 families in FRanklin & Licking counties since 1987. We primarily build new homes on vacant lots in the inner-city neighborhoods —ones most in need of revitalization and redevelopment. For information on current HFHMO builds, please contact Program Director Michelle Castrogiovanni at (614) 364-7024 or mcastrogiovanni@habitatmidohio.org

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How do I get a Habitat house?

Families in need of decent shelter who are first-time homebuyers and who earn between 30-60% of the median income in Franklin County can apply to us for a home. We receive more than 1,000 applications per year, and choose families after a careful review process based on their need, their ability to pay a monthly mortgage, and their willingness to partner with us. Habitat does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, or age. If your family, or a family you know, is in need of decent, affordable housing, contact Family Services Director Lisa Jones at (614) 364-7014 or ljones@habitatmidohio.org.

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Where are homes currently being built in Franklin County?

In 2013-14, HFHMO will build homes on the south side of Columbus, in Linden, the Hilltop, the East Side and in Licking County.

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How does Habitat make housing affordable?

Habitat is able to make housing affordable to low-income families because: houses are sold through a no-profit, no-interest mortgage carried by the local affiliate; homeowners and construction volunteers build under trained supervision and contribute thousands of hours of labor to further reduce homebuilding costs; and, individuals, corporations, faith groups ,and others provide vital financial support through house sponsorships, monetary contributions, and in-kind donations.

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What is the cost to build a Habitat home in Central Ohio?

It costs approximately $120,000 to construct a Habitat home in Central Ohio. Each home requires approximately 2,500 hours of volunteer labor and about 10-12 weeks to complete.

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What are Habitat houses like?

HFHMO builds both ranch-style one-story and two-story homes for Habitat Partner Families. There are currently 5 models available and families select the model of their choice. The homes typically have three or four bedrooms and have approximately 990-1,258 square feet of space. Each is constructed to include carpeting, furnace, air conditioning unit, stove, microwave, and a refrigerator. Homes may have a full basement and a detached garage. Landscaping includes a seeded lawn, bushes, and a tree. Partner families also receive a Bible and a handcrafted quilt made by Habitat volunteers. All homes are built with green energy features which drastically help cut down on utilities costs.

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How can I get involved?

Individuals and businesses can engage with us in our effort to eliminate substandard housing in MidOhio in many ways. Private financial contributions are always urgently needed, as they allow us to buy necessary homebuilding materials. Businesses, civic associations and faith groups can provide full or partial-house sponsorships and volunteer either on construction sites or in our office or Habitat’s ReStore. Additionally, individuals can volunteer as Partner Family Advocates and on various steering committees and special projects.

To make an individual gift or corporate contribution, contact Resource Development department at (614) 484-1868 or jkeller@habitatmidohio.org. To become a Habitat volunteer, contact Volunteer Director Deb Light at (614) 364-7020 or dlight@habitatmidohio.org.

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How many homes have been built by Habitat MidOhio?

Since 1987, HFHMO has built/rehabbed more than 300 homes in Franklin and Licking Counties.

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What is Habitat’s ReStore?

Habitat’s ReStore is a discount home improvement store that accepts and re-sells reusable home improvement materials to the general public. Revenue from sales directly offsets HFHMO’s administrative costs and assists in both eliminating substandard housing and creating homeownership in MidOhio. Habitat operates two locations in our area. ReStore East is located at 3140 Westerville Road in Columbus (43224) and our ReStore West location is 240 N. Wilson Road in the Great Western Shopping Center. Both locations are  open to the public Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information or to donate reusable building materials to Habitat’s ReStore, contact ReStore Director Jared Van Dyne at (614) 364-7028 or jvandyne@habitatmidohio.org.

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