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Frequent Questions

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What is our mission?

The mission of all Habitat for Humanity affiliates is to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

Are Habitat Homes free?

No. Habitat homeowners pay an affordable monthly mortgage for the term of their loan - usually 30-35 years. Habitat homes are sold to partnering families with an interest-free mortgage.

Who can apply for a Habitat Home?

Pickens County Habitat for Humanity (PCHFH) encourages anyone and everyone seeking permanent, affordable housing to apply through our homeownership program. PCHFH partners with low-to-moderate income individuals who either live or work in Pickens County and are willing to complete a minimum of 200 hours of Sweat Equity in order to build their own Habitat home. Learn more about the requirements to qualify for a Habitat home.

How much does it cost to buy a Habitat for Humanity home?

The average 3-bedroom/2-bathroom PCHFH home sells for approximately $200,000 and monthly payment are typically between $600 and $700, including property taxes and homeowner's insurance.

What kind of support do homeowner partners receive?

Pickens County Habitat for Humanity homeowners receive a variety of support, including:

  • Homeownership education: PCHFH homeowners participate in homeownership education courses including financial literacy, home maintenance, protecting one’s assets, and other topics related to homeownership.
  • Mentorship: PCHFH homeowners are paired with a seasoned homeowner who will walk alongside them in their journey to homeownership, starting with orientation and continuing through the first year of occupancy.
  • Referrals: PCHFH homeowners are referred to other resources in the community, such as daycare, healthcare, budgeting assistance, credit repair, and job training.

In addition to these supports, Pickens County Habitat for Humanity homeowners also have access to a network of interaction with other Habitat homeowners, volunteers, and staff. This network will provide them with emotional support, practical advice, and a sense of community.

What is Sweat Equity?

Sweat Equity is a key part of Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership program. It is the process of a new homeowner investing work into their home and the homes of other approved partners. It’s an opportunity for families to help construct their home alongside volunteers and play an active part in making their dream of owning a home a reality. PCHFH requires homeownership partners to complete a minimum of 200 hours of Sweat Equity.

How can I volunteer with Pickens County Habitat for Humanity?

There are many ways to volunteer with us! Learn more about our volunteer opportunities by clicking here.

How can I donate to Pickens County Habitat for Humanity?

Thank you for considering donating to our organization! Pickens County Habitat for Humanity relies on donations to fund our work of building homes and providing affordable housing. When you donate, you are offering a hand up, not a hand out by empowering individuals and families with a safe and stable place to call home, while helping to build stronger communities.

Donations can be made in a variety of ways, including online, by mail, or by phone. Learn more about how you can donate by clicking here.