The Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity is a Christian mission that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. The Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing through the construction of new homes and providing a no interest mortgage to low income homeowners who need a better place to live and are willing to work hard to make a better life for their families. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
All are welcome
The Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide.
Spring Apostles House Nearing Completion
Ms. Demetra Petty and her two children, Christopher (8) and Aiyana (1) will soon be moving out of their leaky, cramped trailer and calling the 4 bedroom 2 bathroom house at 270 Arnold St. home. Habitat Construction Manager, John Breazeale hopes to have the house completed by the end of June. Ms. Petty will lease the house for three months before committing to a 20 year interest free mortgage. Volunteers from Mississippi State University, Rockford College in Illinois and the Starkville Community worked together to create this new opportunity for the Petty family. To volunteer or donate to help another family in need, call the office at 324-7008.
How do I apply for a Habitat Home?
The Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity accepts applicants from potential homeowners throughout the year. Applications are kept on file until it is time to select a new family for a home. Applicants that meet basic qualifications will be invited to an orientation meeting. At this meeting the Habitat program will be reviewed and a more detailed application will be filled out. Applications will then be reviewed by the Family Selection Committee and credit and background checks will be conducted. Individual interviews and home visits will be scheduled.
The Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity is only able to build houses for a small number of applicants. Our selection process is long and thorough. Unfortunately, many needy, qualified applicants are turned away each year. It is the goal of our Family Selection Committee to choose the most qualified candidate based on need, the ability to successfully complete a 20 year interest free mortgage.
How do I qualify for a Habitat House?
In order to qualify for a Habitat House three conditions must be met.
- You must need a better place to live.
All Habitat homeowners must be currently living in substandard housing. This includes leaky roofs, poor plumbing or electrical systems and overcrowding.
- You must be able to make payments.
Payments typically are about $400. You must have enough income so that these payments do not exceed 30% of your gross income. ($1200)
- You must partner with Habitat for Humanity.
a.) You must agree to perform 300 hours of “sweat equity’ by volunteering on the worksite, at the office, feeding volunteers or other approved activities.
b.) You must agree to attend three classes, one of which must be a financial literacy course at Emerson Family School.