Who We Are
Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County, founded in 1990, is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Our mission is to build families and communities by eliminating poverty housing in Morgan County, Alabama, and by making simple, decent, affordable housing a matter of conscience. Habitat is a non-profit, ecumenical, grassroots Christian housing ministry. Since its founding, 60 houses have been built providing those new homeowners safe, quality housing in Morgan County. View some of our recently constructed homes in our Photo Gallery.
How Habitat Works
Habitat for Humanity is not a giveaway program. Through volunteer labor, management expertise, and tax-deductible donations of land, money and materials, HFHMC builds homes in Morgan County with the help of future homeowners. The homes are then sold at cost and with no-interest mortgages to selected families. A portion of the monthly house payments goes toward the building of additional homes.
How Families are Selected
Families are selected using three criteria: Need, Ability to repay a zero-interest mortgage, and willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County. By partnering with Habitat, families contribute 400-500 hours of "sweat equity" labor helping to build their home, other Habitat homes, and by volunteering throughout the community. Additionally, families complete a number of educational classes from budgeting through home maintenance, that give them skills that will help them succeed as homeowners. Every affiliate follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing Habitat homeowner families. Click here for more details about the family selection process.
A local board of directors made up of a diverse group of community, business, and religious leaders directs the affiliate operations. Habitat is responsible for acquiring land, materials, and permits; providing overall construction supervision; fund raising; and selecting families based upon pre-defined criteria. HFHMC is staffed with an Executive Director, a Construction Supervisor (and Construction Coordinator), a Resource Development Director, a Family Services Coordinator, and a Financial Adminstrator.
The driving force behind HFHMC is its volunteers and partner families who provide virtually all of the house-building labor. Each house requires approximately 1500 volunteer hours to build. Habitat partner families are required to invest 400-500 hours of "sweat equity" labor in their home and other Habitat homes.
Our houses are constructed with local funds, grant monies, homeowner mortgage payments and ReStore proceeds. We support the efforts of Habitat for Humanity International by tithing 10% of our donations, unless the donation is restricted to use in Morgan County.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people from all faiths and walks of life to work together in partnership, building houses with families in need.