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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Habitat for Humanity?
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that builds strength, stability and independence for families through affordable home ownership.
Why is home ownership important?
Stability starts at home. For many years, research has shown that housing stability is a key determinant of health and human potential. This is particularly important for children’s physical, social and mental development and well-being. 
Where are you building homes?
We’re building homes across Southern Alberta, including Airdrie-Crossfield, Brooks, Calgary, Drumheller, the Foothills, Medicine Hat, and Mountain View.
How many homes have you built?
We’ve built more than 184 homes and made home ownership possible for more than 250 families, affecting the lives of 517 children.
What kind of homes do you build?
We build modest, high-quality homes. Each home is approximately 1,000 square feet and is built to the environmental and architectural requirements of the communities where they're located. 
How long have you been around for?
We have been building stability for families in Southern Alberta since 1990.

Donations

How can I donate?
You can donate directly online– it’s fast, easy and secure.
Will I receive a tax receipt?
Yes, Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta is a registered Canadian charity and your donation is eligible for a tax receipt under CRA guidelines.
How does my gift make a difference?
Every gift, no matter the size, increases our ability to build strength, stability and independence for families through affordable home ownership.
How much does it cost to build a Habitat home?
Each home costs approximately $265,000, including the cost of construction and the cost of land. However, costs vary according to the design and architectural requirements of the community where we’re building, and whether the home will be built for families with special needs, such as accessibility.
Does fundraising normally cover all the costs of construction?
We are striving for that goal, but historically full community-based funding has not been achievable. Typically, Habitat covers the remaining cost through financing, donated building materials, and our mortgage build fund, which is our partner family mortgage payments.
What are the other ways to support Habitat?
There are a number of ways to support Habitat. Some of these include sponsorships, donations of land or building materials, hosting or participating in fundraising events and participating in our Build Day Program.

Homeowners

Who qualifies for a home?
Families are selected for partnership based on their need, financial capacity to take on an affordable mortgage, and their willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity. Learn more about family selection here.
How can I apply for a home?
In order to apply to become a Habitat homeowner, you must first attend an information session in your area. You can register online to receive a notification when these sessions become available.
Do I need to live in the region where I’m applying for a home?
Yes, you must have lived in the geographic area where you’re applying for at least two years.
Are there specific income requirements?
Yes. Find out what the income requirements are in your area.
What do partner families contribute and do families own their homes?
Each partner family invests 500 volunteer hours into building their homes or to other Habitat projects. Families then purchase their homes at fair market value from Habitat for Humanity with a no-down-payment, no-interest mortgage. The mortgage payments are determined according to income and will never exceed more than 25 per cent of each families' monthly household income. Find out more about Habitat family partnerships here.

Volunteers

What are the volunteer opportunities at Habitat?
There are many opportunities to volunteer with Habitat on our construction sites, and at our ReStores or with fundraising events.
Do I need prior construction experience to work on a build site?
No, we have experienced construction staff and Crew Leaders who will lead you and teach you everything you need to know.
I have a group I’d like to bring onto the build site, how can I organize this?
Group build participation is organized through our Build Day Program.

ReStore

What is the ReStore?
Habitat for Humanity created ReStores to provide an ongoing revenue stream that could cover the administration costs of the charity. This award-winning social enterprise means we keep fundraising costs low while directing more donations towards building homes. ReStores accept donations of gently used appliances, furniture, building materials and more, and sells them to the public at significant discounts.
What kind of product does the ReStore carry?
ReStores carry appliances, furniture, building materials, home décor, lighting, plumbing, electrical supplies, paint, flooring, doors, windows, and much more.
Where does the product come from?
All of our product is donated by people like you in the community – both businesses and home owners – and then sold to the public at 40-60% below than their regular retail prices.
Is everything used?
No, a large portion of ReStore inventory is brand new product from wholesalers, small businesses, contractors and other distributors.
Is the ReStore owned by Habitat?
Yes, the ReStore is proudly owned and operated by Habitat for Humanity. The funds raised from the ReStore’s sales are used to cover the majority of Habitat’s overhead costs, so that donations to Habitat go directly toward building affordable homes.
Can I drop my items off?
Yes, you can bring items to our donation centres any time during business hours. Find the location nearest you and the hours of operation.
Are there pick-up options for donations?
Yes, the ReStore is able to schedule pick-ups for large items or large quantities of product. All items will be inspected by ReStore staff and they reserve the right to refuse items based on donation criteria.
Can people volunteer at the ReStore?
Yes, there are opportunities to volunteer at the ReStore every day of the week. Volunteers can assist with all elements of retail operations – from receiving and organizing inventory, to assisting customers and creating displays.
Are donations eligible for charitable tax receipts?
Yes, donations to the ReStore with a resale value of $150 or greater are eligible to receive a tax receipt.
Does the ReStore deliver products that I’ve purchased?
No, the ReStore does not offer a delivery services for product purchased; however the contact information for third-party delivery options is readily available.

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