FAQ

Read some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Habitat for Humanity Lethbridge

What is Habitat for Humanity?
Habitat for Humanity is a global non-profit housing organization working in approximately 70 countries around the world. 


How does Habitat for Humanity help families?
People in your community and all over the world partner with Habitat to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.


How does Habitat for Humanity homeownership work?
Families in need of decent, affordable housing apply for homeownership with their local Habitat for Humanity.
Each local Habitat’s family selection committee selects homeowners based on three criteria:

  • The applicant’s level of need.

  • Their willingness to partner with Habitat.

  • Their ability to repay a mortgage through an affordable payment plan.

As part of their willingness to partner, Habitat’s homebuyers invest hundreds of hours of their own labour, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners.
Habitat for Humanity follows a non-discriminatory policy of family selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing Habitat’s homeowners.
Visit our Apply for a Habitat house page to learn more.


Does Habitat for Humanity only build new houses?
Habitat for Humanity works in a number of different ways to create decent, affordable housing.

  • In addition to new construction, Habitat also renovates existing homes in many communities, particularly in urban areas.

  • Habitat for Humanity helps people repair and improve their own homes and neighborhoods.

  • Habitat’s Disaster Response works with local communities to address a variety of housing needs after natural disasters.

  • Habitat’s advocacy work raises awareness and support for decent and affordable housing around the world.

  • Outside of North America, Habitat works with partner organizations to serve even more families through innovative financing methods.


How can I become a volunteer?
There are many ways to volunteer. Visit our Volunteer section to learn how to:

  • Volunteer locally

  • Travel and build

  • Volunteer long-term

  • Volunteer as part of a group

  • Volunteer as part of a special event


Does Habitat for Humanity take donations?
Habitat depends on financial donations to fund our work. These donations help families build a place they can call home. 
Make a donation to Lethbridge Habitat for Humanity today! 

Monetary donations can be sent to 20 Rocky Mountain Blvd West, Lethbrdge AB T1K 8E1.  All donation are eligible for a tax receipt.


What is a Habitat for Humanity ReStore?
Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centres that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. At this time, Habitat for Humanity Lethbridge does NOT operate a ReStore.

How are donations distributed and used?
Habitat for Humanity relies on gifts from individuals, corporations and other groups to help families in need of decent and affordable homes in Lethbridge. All donations of any amount are deeply appreciated.