About Us

Our Mission:
"Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope."

About Habitat for Humanity

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 as a grassroots Christian nonprofit organization (read our non proselytizing policy) dedicated to the elimination of poverty and substandard housing worldwide. View the Habitat for Humanity International history. Habitat builds houses in partnership with families who qualify for home ownership based on three criteria: need, willingness to partner with Habitat and an ability to repay a no-interest mortgage. There are more than 2,100 active affiliates in 100 countries and all 50 states. Since 1981 Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West has built over 252 affordable new homes with low-income families across western St. Tammany parish. Affordable housing changes lives, you can make a difference in the lives of our home buyers by donating or volunteering.
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How Do We Build Homes?

  • Funding is provided by generous tax-deductable donations of money and materials. Funds also come from mortgage payments of Habitat homeowners, grants and ReStore proceeds.
  • Habitat relies on volunteer labor and sweat equity hours completed by homeowners to construct houses.
  • Homes are sold to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable no-interest loans. This is part of the "revolving fund" of Habitat, with mortgage payments going toward construction of more homes in the area.
  • Habitours are available for those who are interested. A Habitour is a 1-hour guided tour of west St. Tammany neighborhoods in which HFHSTW has had a significant impact. Tours are free and open to the public. Contact Jennifer Messina at (985) 893-3172 ext 232 for more information.

Family Selection

  • Families must first apply for a home at their local affiliate.
  • The affiliate's family selection committee considers applicants' level of need, their willingness to become partners with Habitat and their ability to repay the no-interest loan.
  • Neither race, religion, family size or age is a factor in choosing Habitat Partner Families. Every affiliate follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection.
  • To learn more about the Family Selection process, visit our Own a Home page.

Funding