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Arkansas City Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian ministry whose mission is to partner with qualified families in need and provide them the opportunity for safe, decent, affordable housing.


Applications will be accepted from February 1st April 15th.  The partner family will be selected by the first of June,  The house will begin building in September and be finished by the end of February.



House #22 for 2022-2023 Partner Family is the Billiter Family.




The ground was broken on Thursday, September 15th, for the 22nd Habitat House set to be built in Arkansas City. The new home will be located at 314 North 9th Street. Michelle Billiter and her children, son Dawson and daughter Lillyanna will be the residents of the home. Ms. Billiter and her children were on hand for the groundbreaking, each managing a shovel to share in the exciting event. Volunteers will be on hand soon to begin construction, with completion anticipated by early spring.


Michelle and her children and family are eager to help in the building of their new home. Michelle chose the site from the Habitat for Humanity lots. Michelle, and her two children, Dawson age 12 and Lillyanna age 11, are very excited about the building of their new 1,334 sq ft home that will include 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Michelle is employed by Woods Day Care.


This year's habitat home is being built by funds provided through mortgage payments, donations, fundraisers and by the generous lead donation provided by the Robert Warrender Trust. Volunteers and trade experts in the community will complete the construction of the home. "We are blessed to be a part of this housing ministry," said Curt Freeland, Arkansas City Habitat for Humanity Board Chair. "We have been well supported by the city, our volunteers and trade specialist who give of their time so generously. Their time and support, as well as generous donations we receive from our community members allow us to provide safe and affordable housing in Arkansas City for families like the Billiter's."


Each house is sold to the family chosen for approximately two thirds of its market value. The recipient is also required to provide 300 hours of sweat equity during construction. No closing costs or interest are charged on the mortgage. Families are chosen through an application and review process based on need and financial ability to repay the mortgage.


Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit Christian housing ministry whose vision is to provide a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity International was established in 1976, and the Habitat for Humanity Arkansas City affiliate began building homes in 2000 and has built one new habitat home each year since then.






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Habitat for Humanity of Arkansas City held their first fundraiser since Covid. 150 people enjoyed the Mardi Gras themed evening. The ACHS Jazz Band, led by Hans Judd and Chris VanGilder, played New Orleans tunes.


Click below - New Video by Cowley County Junior College class Introduction to Public Relations interviewed and produced the following video for the 2023 Ark City Habitat for Humanity fundraiser, "Let the Good Times Roll." The featured Habitat partner families have been in their homes from one to twelve years.







Habitat homes are constructed primarily by volunteers, using both donated and purchased building materials. It takes approximately six months to complete a Habitat house.

Our partner families fulfill their required 300 hours of sweat equity by helping build their home and by assisting with Habitat fund raisers. Some of our houses are partially sponsored by churches, businesses, organizations, or individuals.

We sell our houses at no profit, offering our partner families a 20-year, interest-free mortgage. Monthly payments range between $450 and $550, depending on taxes and insurance. The monthly payments are then used to help fund the building of more houses. We also tithe 10% of our income to Mexico Habitat for Humanity which is normally enough to build one house in Mexico for each house we build locally. Donations, which are tax deductible, are always welcome.





Becoming one of our partner families is the beginning of a long-term relationship with us. To become a partner family, the applicant must:

  1. Demonstrate a need for better housing

  2. Have enough yearly income to meet the financial responsibilities of home ownership

  3. Be willing to partner with us by providing 300 hours of sweat equity working on their Habitat house.

Once an application is completed, it is carefully reviewed by the Family Selection Committee of the Arkansas City Habitat for Humanity organization and a home visit is made. Qualified applicants need to be approved by the Arkansas City Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors.







While most volunteers choose to work on-site, there are several other opportunities for volunteering in our organization. All of the committees are made up of community volunteers including:

  • Family Selection Committee

  • Family Support Committee

  • Fund Raising Committees

To volunteer, contact us by:

  • phone, 441-3755

  • mail, P.O. Box 401

  • website, ArkCityHabitat.org

  • email cfreeland@cox.net

We will provide additional information on opportunities for you to volunteer.

The location of our current worksite can be obtained by calling the above number. Anyone over the age of 14 can volunteer, though there are some limitations for volunteers between 14-18 years of age.

We welcome all volunteers!


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