Learn About Us
WHO WE ARE:
Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity (GIHFH) unites the community with people in need to provide the life-changing opportunity to purchase and own simple, quality, affordable homes.
GIHFH is an ecumenical Christian ministry that envisions Greater Indianapolis as a place where every resident has access to quality and affordable homeownership opportunities. We seek to build self-sufficiency for residents in need through the life-changing opportunity of homeownership. We want to see vibrant neighborhoods where engaged homeowners participate in building safe and healthy communities.
WHO WE SERVE:
Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity defines “need” as someone earning 30-50 percent of the average median income (AMI) for their county of residence (Marion, Hendricks or Hancock). That equates to roughly a $20,000 annual income for a family of four at 30 percent AMI.
WHAT WE DO:
- Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity (GIHFH) cultivates and educates first-time, low-income buyers within the Greater Indianapolis area. Volunteers and staff work with potential homeowners to prepare them for long-term, sustainable success as homeowners with education and preparation.
- GIHFH partners with hired contractors, volunteers and the future homeowners to build or rehab the homes.
- GIHFH facilitates the ability for families and individuals to help themselves by providing no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans.
GIHFH requires families and individuals in our program participate in a minimum of 300 hours of "sweat equity," which includes participating in an extensive set of preparation courses and volunteering on their own home and other Habitat home projects.
HOW WE DO IT:
Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity relies on individuals, churches, corporations and foundations to provide the financial and in-kind resources necessary to construct or rehabilitate the homes. Annually, GIHFH also relies on 8,000+ volunteers that provide the labor to construct and rehab the homes. All this allows GIHFH to provide monthly mortgage rates around $350 - $450.
Read through our 2012 Community Report to learn more about how partner collaboration helped Habitat for Humanity build 25 homes for Greater Indianapolis families for our 25th anniversary.
WHERE WE'RE GOING:
In 2014, Greater Indy Habitat aligned it's strategic plan with that of Habitat for Humanity International. Learn more about our strategic vision for 2014-18 and how we will expand and deepen our ability to improve the housing conditions of low-income families throughout our community.