Nassau Habitat for Humanity
The Nassau Habitat for Humanity is the affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International in Nassau County, Florida. The mission is to help eliminate inadequate housing in this community…one house at a time.
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Nassau Habitat builds simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families.
Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable, no-interest loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses. Nassau Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor — sweat equity — into building their Habitat homes and Habitat homes of others. Habitat for Humanity’s work is accomplished at the community level by affiliates — independent, locally run, nonprofit organizations. Each affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area — fund raising, building site selection, partner family selection and support, house construction and mortgage servicing.
Families in need of decent shelter apply to local Habitat affiliates. The affiliate’s family selection committee chooses homeowners based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program and their ability to repay the no-interest loan. Every affiliate follows a policy of nondiscrimination in selecting families for Habitat homes. Nassau Habitat selects families without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, or disability.