A world where everyone has a
decent place to live.
Our Mission Statement:
Seeking to put God’s love into
action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to
build homes, communities and hope.
About Habitat for Humanity of
Habitat for Humanity of Arkansas
City is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization
operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s
love into action by building homes, communities and
hope. Habitat for Humanity of Arkansas City is dedicated
to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide
through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving
homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies;
and by providing training and access to resources to
help families improve their shelter conditions.
Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that
every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable
place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent
shelter in decent communities should be a matter of
conscience and action for all.
All are welcome:
Habitat for Humanity of Arkansas
City has an open-door policy: All who believe that
everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are
welcome to help with the work, regardless of race,
religion, age, gender, political views or any of the
other distinctions that too often divide people. In
short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from
all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent
housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of
policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its
affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means
that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed
or implied condition that people must either adhere to
or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond
to messaging designed to induce conversion to a
About Habitat for Humanity
Founded in Americus, Georgia,
USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around
the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more
than 800,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more
than 3 million people worldwide.
Habitat For Humanity Of Arkansas City
HFH is an
ecumenical Christian non-profit organization created to provide access
to decent, affordable housing for working families of modest means. Our
mission is to work in partnership with the community and individuals in
need, to build a simple decent home. We are affiliated with Habitat for
Humanity International, which has built over 800,000 homes around the
world through the work of 1,600 US affiliates and affiliates in 70
countries around the world.
In Cowley County a
significant portion of the population are working poor, due to their
lower paying jobs. As a result, families tend to live in substandard
housing and spend between 45-70% of their income on rent.
One solution to this housing
problem is Habitat for Humanity. Habitat works in partnership with the
working lower income families to build simple affordable housing. A
typical three bedroom, 1,300 square foot home costs approximately
$55,000 to build. Habitat houses are built by the homeowners, community
volunteers, and skilled labor using tax-deductible donations of
money, skills, and materials. Once the homes are completed they are
sold to families at no profit and are financed through an affordable,
no-interest loan. The homeowner’s monthly mortgage payments go into
building more homes in Arkansas City. In addition to a small down
payment and the monthly mortgage payments, each homeowner family invests
a minimum of 300 hours of labor into the building of their own home.
To be selected for
a Habitat home in Arkansas City, a family must have a need for improved
housing and have an income that falls between 30% and 50% of the Cowley
County median income. Additionally, families must be willing to partner
with us and be a legal resident of Cowley County. The homes are sold to
the families at the appraised value. The sale is written using a first
mortgage in the amount of the value to cover the cost of building the
home and a second mortgage for the difference, or unearned equity, which
is forgiven over a twenty year period.
More Than Houses:
philosophy is that shelter is a basic human need and that everyone
deserves a simple decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity’s goal is
to eradicate all substandard housing from the world, not through
charity, but by providing those in need with the capital, volunteers,
and skilled labor to help themselves. The benefits of this simple
concept do not end with the sale of the home, but have been found to
affect other areas of the family’s life. The health of the family tend
to improve, there is a reduction in domestic violence, children’s grades
improve due to a more stable environment, and family members begin to
feel empowered to improve other areas of their lives over which they
previously felt they had no control.
Habitat for Humanity organized in the year 2000. We have built one house each year since then, improving the health and prospects for many partner families and their children while providing a positive influence in the neighborhoods.