What is Habitat for Humanity?
Habitat for Humanity of McLean County is an independent affiliate of a global, nonprofit housing organization Habitat for Humanity International operated on Christian principles. We seek to put God’s love into action by building strength, stability, self-reliance, and shelter.
What does Habitat McLean do?
Habitat for Humanity of McLean County is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in our community and around the world. We do this by:
1. Constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes
2. Advocating for fair and just housing policies
3. Providing training and access to resources for families to improve their shelter conditions
Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent and affordable place to live in dignity and safety. We continue to stand on the principle that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
What do we build?
Habitat houses around the world are built according to the same 2 guiding principles:
Habitat houses are large enough for the homeowner family's needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum. Habitat for Humanity uses quality, locally-available building materials. Habitat house designs reflect the local climate and culture.
The labor of volunteers and partner families, efficient building methods, modest house sizes, and no-profit loans make it affordable for low-income families to purchase Habitat houses, thereby becoming homeowners.
Habitat for Humanity of McLean County also does work on existing houses needing repair. Learn more about our "A Brush with Kindness" projects here.
Where do we build?
Habitat for Humanity of McLean County builds specifically within our own county, with a majority of homes in Bloomington and Normal.
Are all Habitat McLean projects local?
The goal of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is to eliminate poverty housing worldwide. The tithe program was created to give affiliates like ours a way to impact Habitat´s global ministry, in addition to impacting the need in their local communities. Tithing gives us an opportunity to share our resources with developing countries throughout the world. No amount of our tithe dollars are used to support administrative or other costs of Habitat for Humanity in the United States. Rather, the tithe donations are sent in their entirety to Haiti and/or Nicaragua. Therefore, when you contribute to Habitat for Humanity McLean County, your donation is actually helping build homes for two families in need of safe, affordable housing – one in McLean County and one in Haiti or Nicaragua.
Through our local and tithe builds, we are working achieve HFHI's vision to achieve a world where everyone has a decent, affordable, safe place to call home.
*If a Habitat McLean donor desires that her/his contribution remains within McLean County, we will not contribute any portion of that donation to our international builds.
All Are Welcome
Habitat for Humanity of McLean County has an open-door policy: All who believe everyone deserves a decent place to live are welcome to help, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, or political views. Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith.