Vision Statement: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Mission Statement: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Alachua Habitat homes are built in neighborhoods throughout Alachua County, alongside other professionally built and sold homes. Alachua Habitat for Humanity spans its building efforts throughout: Alachua, Gainesville, Micanopy, Archer, High Springs, Hawthorne, Waldo, and all rural areas.
Our houses are designed to take on the look and feel of their neighborhoods. They vary in design and size depending on the community and the family’s needs. In 2011, Alachua Habitat completed its 108th home and completed the final home in a 30-home neighborhood called Celebration Oaks.
Founded in 1986, Alachua Habitat for Humanity is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. We seek to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. To accomplish these goals, we invite people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.
Although we work in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International, the affiliate is an independent organization lead by a board of directors to coordinate all aspects of Habitat home building in Alachua County, including: fundraising, building site selection, partner family selection and support, house construction and mortgage servicing. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Alachua Habitat has built more than 112 homes in the local community. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans. In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor (sweat equity) into building their Habitat house and the houses of others. The cycle of giving continues as the homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are then used to build more Habitat houses.