What do you really know about Habitat? Here are some of our most asked questions...
What’s the mission?
Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio is an ecumenical Christian non-profit organization working in partnership with God’s people in need to build simple, decent and affordable homes without interest or profit, thereby witnessing God’s love in action.
When and where did Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio begin?
Faith Lytle founded HFHSA in her kitchen with a group of committed friends in 1976. Most people don’t realize we built the very first Habitat house in the world right here in San Antonio. It took two years to build the first house on Hidalgo Street. The family paid off their mortgage in 2006.
Does Habitat give homes away?
No. Habitat homes are sold to first time homebuyers at no profit and no interest. Homeowners pay an affordable monthly mortgage payment of approximately $425 – $450 with zero percent interest (includes insurance and taxes). The principal from the mortgage payments comes back into our program to support building more homes.
Where do you find your first time homebuyers?
We do marketing in the San Antonio community. Our staff and homeowners attend lots of fairs, network with other social service providers and advertise where prospective families live and work.
A lot of times word of mouth works best. Everyone knows someone who could qualify for a Habitat home. If you know someone who needs affordable housing -- send them our way. We’d love to help them identify if our program is a fit for them.
Do you have a waiting list for families?
No! We qualify families as we build. If you or someone you know has a need for affordable housing – please give us a call at 210-223-5203
How do we know the Habitat program is successful?
Out of 816 active mortgages – we have less than a 1.5% foreclosure rate.
Do you really need volunteers?
Yes, every Tuesday through Saturday! We especially need volunteers to help us build our homes. No experience necessary – we’ll provide all the tools, materials and expertise needed to build a house. Great for both individuals who want to give back and groups that want to team build or earn community service hours. Call our Volunteer Services staff at 210-223-5203 x160 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
How does San Antonio stack up against other Habitats across the country?
We have grown to become one of the top 5 largest producing partner affiliates in the country, having built more than 800 Habitat homes in partnership with hardworking families in need. We could not have done this without great community support.
*Check out more frequently asked questions at www.HabitatSA.org/about/faq