Seeking to put God’s love into action, Pensacola Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
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.
Founded in 1981, Pensacola Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, Christian ministry whose purpose is to build homes and improve communities in partnership with low income families in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. Since we started, over 1,000 families have purchased homes through our programs.
Habitat builds energy efficient, quality homes and sells them to eligible low income families at cost with a no interest loan. Our homes are not given away. We make no profit on the homes we build and mortgage payments are used to build more homes.
We are able to build these homes through the use of donations, in-kind gifts and volunteer labor. Our volunteer teams unite young and old; black and white; skilled and non-skilled; military and civilian; and wealthy and needy to build homes, communities, and hope.
Partner families qualify for the homebuyer program based on their need, ability to pay, and willingness to partner. Our homeowners complete 200 hours of their own labor – sweat equity – and other requirements as well as pay for their homes and all upkeep. By contributing sweat equity hours, homeowners are vested in their home and neighborhood.
Pensacola Habitat is made up of over 40 dedicated staff members who support the efforts of over 3,500 volunteers annually. We rely on volunteers’ help building homes; recommending and mentoring partner families; fundraising; providing administrative support; working at the ReStore; and much more. With their help we continue to work towards our mission of building homes, communities and hope.
Habitat for Humanity offers a long-term solution, not a quick-fix, to the problem of affordable housing. The organization makes homeownership possible for families who would not otherwise qualify for a conventional mortgage. In the process of building new homes, Habitat has cleaned up lots previously used for illegal dumping and has torn down dilapidated structures, making neighborhoods safer and cleaner.
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.