Committees

Construction Committee

The Construction Committee is responsible for:

(1) Working with the Site Selection committee to evaluate potential building sites.

(2) Creating a workable construction plan for the new house.

(3) Developing a system for organizing families and volunteers for construction.


Site Selection Committee

The Site Selection Committee works to manage the affiliate's existing inventory of vacant land in a manner that supports and compliments the most efficient use of available resources. The committee also works to acquire new properties that enable the affiliate to continue its mission without interruption or delay.


The Site Selection Committee meets on an as needed basis and forwards recommendations to the Executive Committee for action, or to the Board of Directors for approval.


Family Support Committee

Alachua Habitat for Humanity is committed to the development and uplifting of families and communities, not only to the construction of homes. The Family Support Committee plays an integral part in accomplishing this vision. This committee is the primary liaison between the affiliate and the partner families.


The members of the Family Support Committee advise, assist, encourage and befriend program beneficiaries as they transition from renter toward responsible Habitat home ownership.


The members of the Family Support Committee do this by:

  • Providing information on Habitat for Humanity rules and regulations
  • Acting as advocates for our partners
  • Assisting in the completion of “sweat equity" requirements
  • Sharing our personal experience about home ownership and management
  • Assisting in personal money management and financial responsibility
  • Facilitating access to and obtaining information on additional training programs that might be of assistance to our partners
  • Holding regular, periodic training sessions for our partners.


Family Selection Committee

Chairperson: Laura Gaisser


Alachua Habitat for Humanity is a Christian housing ministry financed through private donations. Our purpose is to build homes in partnership with families in need of adequate shelter and to sell the homes at no profit and no interest. General guidelines to becoming a family partner can be found on the Home Ownership page.


The Family Selection Committee meets the first Tuesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. at the Habitat office (excluding holidays). This committee is responsible for completing a financial review of each Habitat for Humanity (HFH) application package to determine income and debt ratios that fall within accepted HFH home ownership criteria. It is important to note that this review can only be accomplished if the applicant submits a complete package that includes all of the requested/required documents.


Committee members also complete home visits to determine an applicant's “need for adequate housing" for those applications that make it through the financial review. The final step in the committee's process is the recommendation to the Board of Directors that an applicant become a Habitat homeowner partner.


Personnel and Nominating Committee

The Personnel and Nominating Committee seeks out, identifies, and invites individuals to join the Board of Directors whenever a vacancy occurs. This committee also performs an annual review of the Executive Director's performance and recommends salary changes to the Board.


Executive Committee

Alachua Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit corporation established under the laws of the State of Florida. The corporation has a Board of Directors and Officers. The Executive Committee consists of the officers of the corporation and those others designated by the President.


The role of the Executive Committee is to oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization and therefore meets more frequently than the Board of Directors. The Executive Committee prepares materials for the Board's consideration and makes recommendations to the full Board. The Executive Committee meets monthly.


Church Relations Committee

The Church Relations Committee defines short and long-term goals for the relationships between Habitat and local ministries. Using resources from Habitat for Humanity International and samples of church relations efforts from other affiliates, they determine the steps required to meet these goals and how to implement them. They also develop informational materials, train speakers, and arrange for presentations in churches throughout the community. The Church Relations Committee meets as needed.


Fundraising Committee

The Fundraising Committee extends its reach throughout the community to gather resources and raise funds for upcoming building projects in the forms of: planned giving, grant writing, corporate sponsorship, and major donors. Alachua Habitat also works with businesses interested in taking advantage of Florida's Community Contribution Tax Credit Program, a mutually beneficial incentive designed to reward charitable business practices. The Fundraising Committee meets monthly.


Finance Committee

The Finance Committee, working with the Executive Director, develops the annual budget and presents it to the Board of Directors for approval. The committee also oversees the day to day operations of the organization to ensure its financial health. The Finance Committee meets monthly.


Mortgage Committee

The Mortgage Committee works in conjunction with the affiliate's mortgage servicing company, AmeriNational, to monitor the payment history of our homeowners to ensure payments are made in a timely manner. If a homeowner becomes delinquent and a mortgage payment has not been made by the late payment date of the month following the delinquency, a delinquency letter will be sent requesting that payment be made to make the mortgage current. The Mortgage Committee meets monthly.