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Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with God and people everywhere, from all walks of life, to develop communities with people in need by building houses so that there are decent houses in decent communities in which every person can experience God’s love and can live and grow into all that God intends.
 
 
Habitat for Humanity: Calcasieu Area, Inc. works in partnership with God, the community, and people in need by building and renovating homes to make affordable housing a matter of conscience and action.
 
Our Service Area
 
Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis Parishes
 
How did it all start?
 
Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller and is headquartered in Americus, Georgia. The Calcasieu Area affiliate of HFHI was founded in 1992. Affiliates are local 501(c)(3) organizations of HFHI that direct house-building work in their own communities. There are over 1,500 U.S. affiliates in all 50 states, with an international presence in 90 countries.  
 
Who manages Habitat?
 
There are twelve members of the Board of Directors, representing many different professional areas and each committed to the mission of Habitat. A professional staff manages the daily operations of the affiliate.
 
How does it work?
 
Through volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates safe, affordable houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable, no-interest loans. The homeowners' monthly mortgage payments are used to build more houses and further the mission of the affiliate.
 
A 'Hand Up'-Not a 'Hand Out'
 
Habitat is not a give-away program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, each homeowner family invests at least 300 hours of their own labor ("sweat equity") into the building of their home, the homes of others, and other HFHCA activities.
 
How does Habitat fund its building and program activity?
 
Habitat for Humanity Calcasieu Area invites individuals, corporations, foundations, religious congregations, or other organizations to partner or sponsor a Habitat home for families in need and to contribute to overall building and program activity. Through this partnership, sponsors supply funds to cover the cost of materials, construction costs, and other fees and taxes. They also provide volunteers to work side by side with the homeowner family and with other Habitat volunteers, skilled and unskilled. Grants supply some income, usually for specific projects. The single largest source of funds comes from homeowners' payments-that is used to further the mission of eliminating substandard housing.
 
Calcasieu Area Habitat Tithe
 
Habitat for Humanity Calcasieu Area contributes a percentage to Habitat International for international housing needs each time a Calcasieu Area home is completed. The tithe from Calcasieu Area has been designated to be used for building habitat homes in the El Salvador.  

 
 
Habitat has built more than 400,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1,500,000 people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter.

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