What is Habitat for Humanity Chicago (Habitat Chicago)? What do you do?
Habitat for Humanity Chicago is a nonprofit working locally to build a Chicago where every resident has a decent place to live. We take a geographically-focused approach to development concentrating investments into defined neighborhoods for maximum impact. Our services include affordable homeownership, homebuyer readiness, home care workshops, block improvements, and community action support. We currently work in two South Side neighborhoods: West Pullman and Greater Grand Crossing.
Why does Habitat Chicago's work matter?
1 in 10 people currently face critical housing needs in Chicago - an urgent challenge as research shows housing is at the core of healthy, vibrant families & communities. Affordable, stable, decent housing improves school performance, decreases crime, and enhances the mental and physical health of children and adults. Learn more here.
Does Habitat Chicago only build new homes?
No. Habitat Chicago offers and supports an array of services designed to improve quality of life for residents of our focus neighborhoods. These include block beautification and pride projects, community action facilitation and support, homebuyer readiness training, homeowner support services, home care training, and more. To learn more, visit our programs and services page.
Are Habitat Chicago homes given away?
No! Habitat Chicago homeowners purchase their homes with an affordable mortgage, invest at least 250 volunteer hours on the construction site building their and their neighbors’ homes, and enroll in homeownership preparation courses. To learn more, visit our affordable homeownership page.
Chicago is so big! Why do you only focus in certain neighborhoods?
While many local Habitat organizations do “scattered site” building, which places families in homes wherever there is availability, this approach does not work well for Chicago. Because neighborhood environments in our city are drivers of health, we need to make sure we are doing everything we can to set residents up for success. We work at a community level, but in concentrated areas to maximize the effect of the investments we make. We don't just want individuals to survive; we want neighborhoods to thrive. This concept is one that takes a long-term commitment and multi-year investments, and that means we have to let some opportunities go that fall outside our focus neighborhoods. Learn more about our neighborhood impact.
Who gets the homes we're helping to fund?
To be eligible for Habitat Chicago homeownership, families must meet three criteria:
1) Have a need for affordable housing because your current housing is unsafe, overcrowded, or too much of your family income (over 30%) goes toward rent.
2) Willing to partner in our program by completing 250-350 volunteer hours and attending free homebuyer education classes.
3) Have the ability to buy your home with an affordable mortgage.
Read the Habitat stories of our current homebuyers here.
Why does Habitat need people to fundraise and/or donate?
Habitat Chicago is a grass-roots organization that is responsible for raising all of our own funds. Many people believe that all of our materials are donated and that we receive our funding through Habitat for Humanity International and the government. This isn’t the case. The vast majority of our funding comes from the generosity of individuals and organizations within our local Chicago community. Therefore, we ask individuals and organizations to join fully in our efforts by becoming volunteers, as well as financial supporters, of our mission.
Where else does Habitat for Humanity operate? What are Habitat for Humanity affiliates?
Habitat for Humanity operates worldwide in over 70 countries. Habitat for Humanity's work is accomplished at the community level by local affiliates: independent, locally run, non-profit organizations. There are nearly 1,400 affiliates in the United States alone. Habitat for Humanity Chicago is the only affiliate serving the city of Chicago.
How can I volunteer with Habitat Chicago?
There are a number of ways you can get involved with Habitat Chicago. Volunteers can work on our build site, in our ReStore (our discounted home improvement store that raises funds for Habitat Chicago), in our office or on special projects and committees. There are many opportunities for both individuals and groups. For a comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities, please visit our Volunteer page.
There is no construction experience needed to volunteer on our build site, as we provide a variety of jobs perfect for every level of skill. Our staff provides on-site training and all-day guidance, as well as all of the tools and materials needed to complete the tasks at hand.
What does my donation support?
Your donation supports Habitat for Humanity Chicago's programs and services, including our affordable homeownership program, block beautification projects, and home care projects. For a comprehensive list of our programs and services, please visit our Programs and Services page.
How do I make a donation to a specific participant's fundraising page?
You can make a donation to a participant's fundraising page one of two ways.
Option 1: Go to the Find a Fundraiser page and search for the person you wish to support. Once you locate the person you wish to support, simply click the green "Donate" button next to their name.
Option 2: Go to the Donate page. Then, in Step 1, click the "Donate to a fundraiser" button and you will be able to search for the participant you wish to support.
Any donation made online should appear on the person's fundraising page immediately. If an online donation does not post within five minutes, please contact us at email@example.com or 312-563-0296 x22.
How do I make a donation to a team's page?
You can make a donation to a participant's fundraising page one of two ways.
Option 1: Go to the Find a Team page and search for the person you wish to support. Once you locate the team you wish to support, simply click the green "Donate" button next to the team's name.
Option 2: Go to the Donate page. Then, in Step 1, click the "Donate to a team" button and you will be able to search for the team you wish to support.
Any donation made online should appear on the team's fundraising page immediately. If an online donation does not post within five minutes, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-563-0296 x22.
How do I make an offline donation?
Check To make a donation via check, make a check out to Habitat for Humanity Chicago. If you would like to credit an individual or a team for the donation, please be sure to include the fundraiser's first and last name or the complete team name on the check memo line or in an accompanying note.
All donations should be mailed to: Habitat for Humanity Chicago 1100 W Cermak, Ste. 404 Chicago, IL 60608
Cash We do not encourage mailing in a cash donation. If you would to support via cash, please bring your donation in-person Monday-Friday, 8:00AM - 4:00PM to:
Habitat for Humanity Chicago 1100 W Cermak, Ste. 404 Chicago, IL 60608
Your cash or check donation should be visible on the participant or team fundraising page within 7 days of receipt. If you do not see your gift within 7 days, please contact us at email@example.com or 312-563-0296 x22.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
Habitat for Humanity Chicago is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. All monetary donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Habitat for Humanity Chicago's Tax ID (EIN) number is 46-0494889.
Will I receive a receipt for my donation?
Yes, anyone who donates online, regardless of the amount, will receive a receipt via email immediately.
Any donor who mailed his/her donation and provided an address will receive a receipt via mail once the donation has been processed, typically within 10-14 days.
If you made your donation in installments, you will receive a receipt each time a payment is processed.