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Our History

Habitat for Humanity in Nassau County, NY Inc., (HFHNC), established in 1992, is a local non-profit (501(c)3) affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. We are an ecumenical organization that seeks to address affordable housing needs by providing simple affordable homes for hard working low income families in Nassau County.  Persons of all beliefs are encouraged to join our efforts. We are committed to the development of our communities and the empowerment of families through our housing ministry. We rely on individuals, corporations and foundations for financial support and accept government assistance.

In addition to building houses, HFHNC seeks to make affordable housing "a matter of conscience". With that in mind, our organization sends speakers to local schools and universities, corporations and businesses. We seek to spread the word about Habitat for Humanity and empower individuals and groups to take on the challenge of addressing housing issues in Nassau County, NY. The HFHNC construction site provides a safe harbor where persons of diverse backgrounds reach across barriers of color, class, religion or language to build something positive together.

Habitat homes are built entirely through donations from individuals, schools, religious organizations, foundations and corporations and primarily with volunteer labor. The average cost of the homes built by Habitat in Nassau County range between $175,000 to $200,000 including land acquisiition.

The home is sold to a qualified family selected by HFHNC.  Habitat provides a 2% Interest Mortgage through a special Habitat International Mortgage Program in partnership with SONYMA (State of New York Mortgage Agency), with a low down-payment required. The family is chosen prior to the start of the build and is required to put in at least 300 hours of 'sweat equity' in the construction of their home.

All are welcome
HFHNC 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 particular faith.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide.

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