Who are We?
Harbor Habitat for Humanity, an affiliate of Habitat International, is a Christian, non-profit housing ministry that seeks to eliminate inadequate housing in Benton Harbor and Benton Charter Township by engaging the community and partnering with families to provide them with safe, decent, affordable housing. In order to make homes affordable, we seek and encourage the support of volunteers to build each house. Houses are sold at no profit with a long-term, interest-free mortgage. Monthly mortgage payments are then used to finance additional Habitat homes.
Harbor Habitat builds more than houses, we build partnerships; partnerships with individuals and families, businesses, neighborhoods, the skilled trade-person as well as the novice volunteer. These partnerships are the foundation for lasting relationships and strengthened communities.
A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out
Harbor Habitat provides a "hand up", not a "hand out" to families in need. We offer our partner families an opportunity to help themselves own a decent, affordable home of their own.
An essential element of our program is the volunteer labor - "sweat equity"- that each partner family invests. Everyone in the family eighteen years old and older is required to fulfill 300 sweat equity hours divided among the construction of their home, the homes of others, participation in informative workshops and educational sessions all designed to prepare them for successful home ownership. By including themselves in the building process, homeowners gain self-reliance, self-esteem and new skills.
Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations will not proselytize. Nor will Habitat for Humanity work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with Habitat for Humanity. This means that Habitat for Humanity will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.