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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Habitat for Humanity?

Habitat for Humanity (HFH)’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a path out of poverty, we advocate to improve access to decent and affordable shelter, and strive to help families in disaster-prone areas through home building, rehabilitation and repairs. We believe a safe, secure and decent home opens the door to improved health, better performance in school, greater economic opportunities, women empowerment, and increased community cohesion.

As a non-profit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner with us in our mission.

What does Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong do?

HFH Hong Kong is dedicated to raising awareness of the need for decent housing and harnessing resources to improve living conditions including water, lighting and sanitation for families across the Asia-Pacific region and worldwide.

HFH Hong Kong offers housing support services that enable low-income families to make necessary improvements on their homes through community engagement. Taking up the crucial role as a global fund-raising hub, HFH Hong Kong initiates various programs to rally financial support for needy families beyond borders.

Does Habitat give houses away?

No, Habitat for Humanity is not a giveaway program. Habitat’s partner families buy the houses that Habitat builds and renovates through affordable mortgage. Habitat makes no profit on the sale. In many countries, Habitat works with partner organizations to serve families through innovative financing methods such as micro-financing. Habitat’s homeowners also invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners.

What programmes does HFH Hong Kong have?

Locally, we have Project Home Works  that targets to help low-income families, elderly and the physically disabled by providing simple renovation and thorough cleaning services for free. The project strives to improve home environment and sanitation, build community and convey hope to the society.

Are there any international programmes I can take part in?
Yes.

These programmes offer volunteers the opportunity to take part in the “hands-on” construction or renovation of houses in some 40 countries around the world. Volunteers are able to participate by building or repairing houses for those whose homes have been affected by natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes. Not only do we want to build a safe and secure shelter, but more so to build a home and build hope in their lives. We want to empower our home partners to mutually help one another.

How can I become a volunteer?

Locally, you can take part in Project Home Works and Campus Chapter. We also have some special programmes that offer a unique volunteer experience: Global Village, Young Leaders Build, Women Build  and Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. For anyone who is interested and is 15 years old or above, you can register here.

Check out our Activity Calendar. You can also follow us on social media or subscribe to our eNewsletter for updated events.

We also welcome volunteers in office support and multimedia creation. Please call our enquiry on 2520 4000 or email us at enquiry@habitat.org.hk.

How are Habitat’s homeowner families chosen?

Working alongside District-based NGOs and District-based social workers, HFH Hong Kong identifies partner families based on their level of need and their willingness to partner with Habitat. We follow a non-discriminatory policy of family selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing the families to become Habitat Home Partners.

How are donations distributed and used?

Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong relies on donations from our partners and donors to fund our house-building mission worldwide. We accept undesignated and designated donations in money or gifts in kind. Undesignated donations are used where needed whereas donors can also designate where the donations to be allocated.

See our Annual Report  and Audit Report.



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