We are a non-profit, ecumenical, christian ministry which builds simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with those in need.
Incorporated in August, 1990, we immediately began operations, completing our first home in September, 1991. Since then, we have completed 40 homes in the Baytown Community alongside families in need... offering them a hand up and restoring the hope and dignity they deserve.
The driving force behind our organization is its volunteers – those who contribute a day, a week, or a few months, to give Habitat's vision a tangible form. Volunteers, joining with the future homeowner families, provide virtually all of the house-building labor.
Individuals, religious organizations, corporations and local civic groups that support Habitat's mission also provide the tax-deductible donations of money and materials that make our work possible.
Habitat does not build houses for families; rather, it builds alongside those who demonstrate need and willingness to partner with Habitat. Homeowner families invest hundreds of hours of their own "sweat equity" labor into the houses. Their monthly mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity to help fund the construction of more houses. Through this approach, Habitat gives partner families a hand up, restoring the hope and dignity that poverty can strip away.
Habitat worksites are places to build relationships as well as houses. Modeled on biblical principles, our self-help solution to the blight of substandard housing is popular with people from many political, professional, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. This is the essence of Habitat's "theology of the hammer," which invites diverse individuals to find common ground in using a hammer and sharing a goal.