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Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County and ReStore is a nonprofit, Christian housing ministry that works to both eliminate poverty housing around the world and to make adequate housing a matter of conscience and action.  Habitat welcomes partners from any faith – or no faith tradition -which are willing to help improve the lives of families needing safe, affordable, decent housing.

What We Do

  • Build and sell simple, quality, affordable houses using a zero interest mortgage program through volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money, land, and materials
  • Select families based on their level of need, willingness to work, acceptance of responsibilities and ability to repay the mortgage
  • Provide educational programs for good financial management and home maintenance to our homeowners
  • Use our ReStore revenues to cover virtually all the administrative costs of the affiliate allowing other donations to go directly to home building.  Our inventory is made up solely of donated items and volunteer labor covers over 90% of our needs.
  • Make used furniture, appliances, electronics, household and home improvement items available to the community at excellent prices while preventing over 200 tons of materials from going into landfills each year
  • Enjoy exemplary relationships with volunteers and donors from a broad range of groups: religious, social, business and local government

What We Believe

  • Working hand in hand with people in need produces a sense of empowerment and accomplishment, which provides an environment for positive life changes. We provide a hand up, not a hand out
  • When people act in response to human need, giving without seeking profit or interest, the effects are multiplied by God
  • Communities are diverse, but God’s love is all encompassing
  • Giving to others meets our own human needs as well as those we serve.  Donations of time, talents and material goods mean safer, healthier living for those who give and those who receive
  • Our most important resources are our volunteers, donors and homeowners

How We Build

  • VOLUNTEERS provide the labor to build and to run the ReStore
  • The ReStore’s goal is to cover all our administrative costs so that all other donations go directly to building homes. Currently the ReStore covers over 80% of these expenses.
  • “Gifts in Kind”  — Donations of land, materials and discounts on materials provide many of  our supplies while donations of time by professionals and tradesmen such as architects, electricians, and roofers provide expert, certified and warranted services
  • Financial gifts provide the funds to purchase land, materials and services not covered by volunteers or Gifts in Kind

What we Build

  • Single Family homes
  • Three or four bedrooms, 1 & 1/2 or 2 bathrooms
  • 1,100 to 1,300 square feet with small front porch
  • Wood frame construction with crawlspace and vinyl siding
  • Stove, refrigerator and blinds provided

Who We Serve

Habitat strives to provide the life-changing opportunity of home ownership for families who are working hard for a better life, but whose income simply doesn’t give room for a conventional down payment and an interest bearing mortgage. While the median household income in Champaign County is just over $64,000 more than 20% of our population lives below the poverty line of $18,000.  More than 30% make less than $25,000 per year. With the average rental rate at $700 per month this means many families barely make ends meet.  There are no savings for a down payment, even when they are frugal. And while $700 per month would make the payments on a $100,000 mortgage many rental properties fall well below the needs and standards of most families. To become a Habitat Homeowner candidates go through an extensive selection process and must meet the following requirements

  • Housing Need
  • Ability to Pay
  • Willingness to Partner