A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 1,000,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 4 million people worldwide.
Habitat for Humanity Abilene, Inc is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. It was established in 1990 and has built or rehabbed over 162 homes, helping more than 200 adults and 400 children.
How We Work
All Are Welcome
Habitat for Humanity Abilene, Inc. has an open-door policy: in short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.
How It Works
Abilene Habitat for Humanity builds affordable homes, relying on community donations and volunteer support. Selected families are required to perform “sweat equity” as part of their commitment. They purchase Habitat houses at-cost with a 0% interest mortgage for 20 - 25 years. This saves our homeowners about $40,000 over the duration of their mortgage. With their monthly mortgage payments, our homeowners are “paying it forward.” Their principal payments help provide support to build additional Habitat houses in Abilene.
As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity Abilene, Inc. does not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.
Habitat for Humanity, Abilene, Inc. was formed in 1990 by a group of committed individuals who were moved to respond to the dire housing need in Abilene. In neighborhood after neighborhood, they found decaying infrastructure, homes that had fallen into disrepair, and homes that had been abandoned.
In a simple step of faith, they formed a Habitat affiliate and set to work. The Habitat that resulted is a people-to-people partnership, drawing together individuals, neighborhoods, and the Abilene community to build decent, affordable housing for low to moderate income families.
In the 25 years since, Habitat for Humanity, Abilene has completed or rehabbed 162 homes with partners, families, and volunteers. Habitat has assisted over 700 people in Abilene who were living in inadequate housing and were unable to secure adequate housing through conventional means. Local individuals, churches, businesses, schools, civic organizations, foundations, and hospitals have provided funding for all these homes and an investment of close to $7,000,000 in the Abilene tax base.
In addition to the value of the real estate, thousands of local volunteers have donated hundreds of thousands of hours to build our homes. Habitat regularly partners with more than 65 service clubs, businesses, church groups, and college groups, whether it’s for underwriting of construction or the provision of volunteer groups. In fact, more than 1,945 volunteers contributed over 8,475 hours in 2014 alone.