FAQs

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What does Habitat for Humanity Tucson do?

Habitat for Humanity Tucson works to end poverty housing by creating opportunities for homeownership in partnership with low-income families, and by making safe, decent, affordable shelter a matter of community conscience and action. Simply put, we help individuals and families achieve strength and stability through shelter.

Habitat homes are built through partnerships with the local government, foundations, corporations, faith groups and individuals. Families purchase Habitat homes with an affordable mortgage. The homeowner’s monthly payments are paid to Habitat. These proceeds are then reinvested in future homes and generations.

For more information please visit our About Us page.

How can I get a house?

Habitat for Humanity Tucson is an equal opportunity housing provider and complies with federal local regulations regarding housing discrimination. We consider applicants without regard to race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, color, age, physical ability, religion, marital or family status, or because all or part of an applicant’s income is derived from public assistance programs.

All Habitat homeowners must meet preset criteria based on their housing and financial need, ability to pay, and willingness to partner with Habitat and our program requirements before they can buy a home.

Homeowners are required to pay a modest down payment, in addition to volunteering 250 hours of ‘sweat equity’ per adult per home.

Anyone interested in applying for a home should attend an information session prior to applying. Please visit our Apply for a Habitat Home page for more information.

Are Habitat houses free?

No, families who qualify purchase the homes with a 0% interest mortgage which helps to maintain affordability. The homeowner’s monthly mortgage payments are paid to Habitat and are then reinvested in future homes and generations. Homeowners are also required to pay a modest down payment.

For more information about applying for a Habitat home, click here.

Do I have to have good credit?

During the application and selection process, each applicant’s income will be considered. The applicant needs to have a steady source of income. They must be able to pay a monthly mortgage and their credit history needs to indicate this. Habitat homeowners are responsible for their monthly mortgage payment, property taxes, insurance and homeowner association fees.

Please visit the Apply for a Home page for more information.

I know someone who needs help fixing their house. Can you help?

We have a Home Repair program that helps older homes with minor to critical home repairs.

Qualifying homeowners can receive services to help lower utility costs and make homes safer, more comfortable places to live.

Please visit our Neighborhood Partnership page for information.

I’m being evicted, can you help?

Unfortunately, Habitat for Humanity Tucson only has resources to build a certain number of homes each year. Those homes are paired months before their completion with a qualified Habitat homeowner.

We encourage anyone interested in owning a Habitat home to attend an orientation. For more information about applying for a Habitat Home please visit our Apply for a Habitat Home page.  You may also find other organizations who could help on our Other Resources page.

Why doesn’t Habitat buy foreclosed homes?

We have purchased a few foreclosed homes and will continue to be open to opportunities as they arise. We currently have commitments to future homebuyers, our funders and neighborhoods to construct new homes that we need to fulfill, and the availability of cash limits the number of projects we can undertake at this time.

What is a HabiStore? (Also known as ReStore for other Habitat Affiliates nationwide)

A HabiStore/ReStore is a store that takes donations of new and used items from companies and individuals, and resells those items to the public. All proceeds benefit the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

Are prices negotiable?

Sorry, our prices are firm. But look for discounts on the colored price tags.

Can you hold an item for me?

We can hold an item for 3 days after purchase.

Can I get help loading an item?

Of course! Just ask our cashier for assistance.

Does the HabiStore pick up items?

The HabiStoreStore picks up large items such as sofas and large appliances. To find out more, call the donation hotline or visit the website.

Who do I call if I want to schedule a donation pickup?

Call the HabiStore’s Donation Hotline or schedule online

Where do my HabiStore donations go? Why don’t you put my couch in a Habitat house?

All donations go directly to the HabiStore to be sold to the general public. All funds raised by the HabiStore are given to the local affiliate. We cannot use most items donated directly in Habitat houses because we build so many and we have to keep the process standardized.

How are HabiStore prices set?

At 50-70% below retail prices.

Does the HabiStore repair donated items and materials?

Unfortunately, we currently do not have the resources to repair or touch up items, which is why we can only accept lightly used donations that are in good, working condition.

How do I count my donation as a tax deduction?

Our drivers will provide you with the necessary paperwork when they come to pick up your donation. If you are unable to be present for your pickup, please let us know in advance an appropriate place to put the receipt at the pickup location. Legally, Habitat cannot appraise your donation(s), so all donors must fill out an estimated value for their donation(s) on the receipt. Please keep in mind that you are required by law to fill out IRS Form 8283 for any donation you value at $500 or more. Any donation with a total value of $5,000 or more must also be professionally appraised.