About Henderson County Habitat for Humanity
Henderson County Habitat for Humanity was incorporated in 1989. We built 30 homes in our first 10 years, and in 2007, we completed our 100th home. Habitat is currently building 10-12 homes per year. Habitat accepts applications from families in need of a decent place to live. Please contact our business office for more information. Additionally, we warmly welcome volunteers who wish to participate in our ministry.
Henderson County Habitat for Humanity, a Christian organization, builds quality affordable homes, creates strong communities, and changes lives by partnering with committed volunteers, professional staff, and eligible families living in inadequate housing.
In an effort to achieve the goal of very low overhead, Henderson County Habitat for Humanity utilizes a "working board" approach to operate its affiliate. This means that the Board of Directors not only provides overall guidance to the affiliate but also performs hands-on leadership to the functions of the organization.
The Chair of the Board also carries the title of President and has oversight responsibilities for the affiliate. Three board members also carry the title of Vice President and are members of the Executive Committee. Two other specific members of the board are the Treasurer and Secretary of the Board of Directors. Remaining members of the board are responsible for conducting designated functions within the affiliate (e.g., construction, site development, committee chairs, coordinators, etc.) and represent their functions at the board meetings.
Within the size limitation imposed by the affiliate Bylaws, the Board has on-going discretion as to the functions to be represented on the board, as well as which functions are given the title of Vice President. The duties and responsibilities for each board member are specified within the Job Description Section of this document.
The "working board" approach is considered to be in the best interests of the overall mission of the affiliate, but may be changed by the Board of Directors if the size of the affiliate or the effectiveness of the approach warrants a change.
Equal Housing Opportunity
Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), as amended, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents of legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and handicap (disability).
Habitat for Humanity International mission statement and principles
Habitat's vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.
We undertake our work to demonstrate the love and teachings of Jesus, acting in all ways in accord with the belief that God’s love and grace abound for all, and that we must be “hands and feet” of that love and grace in our world. We believe that, through faith, the miniscule can be multiplied to accomplish the magnificent, and that, in faith, respectful relationships can grow among all people.
Focus on shelter.
We have chosen, as our means of manifesting God’s love, to create opportunities for all people to live in decent, durable shelter. We put faith into action by helping to build, renovate or preserve homes, and by partnering with others to accelerate and broaden access to affordable housing as a foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty.
Advocate for affordable housing.
In response to the prophet Micah’s call to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God, we promote decent, affordable housing for all, and we support the global community’s commitment to housing as a basic human right. We will advocate for just and fair housing policy to eliminate the constraints that contribute to poverty housing. And, in all of our work, we will seek to put shelter on hearts and minds in such powerful ways that poverty housing becomes socially, politically and religiously unacceptable.
Promote dignity and hope.
We believe that no one lives in dignity until everyone can live in dignity. We believe that every person has something to contribute and something to gain from creating communities in which all people have decent, affordable places to live. We believe that dignity and hope are best achieved through equitable, accountable partnerships.
Support sustainable and transformational development.
We view our work as successful when it transforms lives and promotes positive and lasting social, economic and spiritual change within a community; when it is based on mutual trust and fully shared accomplishment; and when it demonstrates responsible stewardship of all resources entrusted to us.
Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations will not proselytize. Nor will HFH work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with HFH. This means that HFH will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.