Dispelling the Top 7 Myths about Habitat for Humanity

Trinity Habitat for Humanity strives to be transparent in all of our operations. We want you to know the whole truth about who we are and what we do.

Myth #1 — Habitat Homes are handouts for the homeless.
Not only are the homes we build not handouts, but the homeowners who move into these homes have proven their ability to pay rent in another location for at least 12 months prior to being approved for a Habitat home, meaning they aren’t homeless.

In addition to these housing requirements, homeowners meet other financial qualifications and put in 250 hours of “sweat equity” before moving into their homes. Sweat equity involves working alongside volunteers on other Habitat homes, working in the ReStore, and attending at least 25 hours in classes on finance and home ownership. It’s not a handout, it’s a hand up.

Myth #2 — The only way to volunteer is at a build site.
We welcome volunteers who perform a variety of tasks. Volunteering at a build site is just one way to help. You can also volunteer at one of our ReStores as a salesperson, stocker, driver, or appliance technician. Our main offices occasionally need assistance stuffing envelopes or making phone calls.

Ambassadors take their volunteer service to the next level by inviting people to attend HabiTours and the annual BUILDSTRONG lunch as well as recruiting two additional ambassadors over the course of a year. It’s possible to be an ambassador for Trinity Habitat for Humanity without ever stepping foot on a build site.

Myth #3 — Habitat for Humanity only accepts monetary donations.
Trinity Habitat for Humanity accepts monetary donations, to be sure, but we also accept donations of building supplies, property, and cars. We sell the building supplies in our ReStores, where proceeds benefit the families served by the organization. Depending on the location, property can become a build site or be sold. Cars are sold, with the proceeds going to Trinity Habitat.

Myth #4 — Any donations the Fort Worth community donates to Habitat for Humanity International will find their way back to Fort Worth.
This is a common misconception. Moneys donated to the national headquarters are divided between overhead costs and housing initiatives in other countries. The best way to make your donation go further in Fort Worth is to donate directly to Trinity Habitat for Humanity.

Myth #5 — Small donations don’t make a difference.
Everything helps to build our community. When multiple people contribute even small amounts, big things happen. Every dollar and doorknob donated to Trinity Habitat for Humanity and ReStores helps us build a strong community.

Myth #6 — Habitat for Humanity only builds homes.
We build homes, to be sure, but we also preserve existing homes in urban neighborhoods to assist low income homeowners. Our Preserve A Home projects include exterior rehabs (repairs, painting, roofs, etc.) and weatherizations (insulation, windows, HVAC, etc.). We also partner with the City of Fort Worth twice a year to do Cowtown Brush-Up projects. All of these efforts help to build strong neighborhoods.

Myth #7 — You have to lift a hammer to volunteer at a build site.
Not everybody feels comfortable wielding a hammer or climbing a ladder. We understand that, and we can still use your help. Each of our build sites needs a site host. Site hosts welcome and encourage volunteers to the site, make the necessary introductions, and help the site leadership with setup and clean-up in addition to providing a hospitable and friendly environment for everyone.

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