Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: What is Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County MI, and what do you do?

A: We are a homeownership program that builds and sells homes to local people in need of decent and affordable housing. We are an independently funded affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry.

Q: Are Habitat homes given away?

A: No. Our homes are built in partnership with low-income people. Homebuyers pay for closing costs and make affordable monthly mortgage payments. Homebuyers are required to invest around 200 hours of their own labor into building their Habitat house and the houses of others, as well as attend a series of Home Buyer Education classes.

Q: What kinds of homes do you build?

A: Habitat of St. Joseph County MI currently builds and rehabilitates single-family homes.

Q: Where do you build your homes?

A: Habitat of St. Joseph County MI has a service area that covers all of St. Joseph County MI. 

Q: What types of donations does Habitat Capital Region accept?

A: There are many ways you can donate and support Habitat Capital Region including cash, 

Q: How do I make a cash donation?

A: Cash donations can be made online through our secure form. You can also send a check or Money Order payable to:

Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County MI or (HFHSJCMI),   666-A East Main St.                                                                   Centreville MI, 49032

Q: How do I donate building materials or other items to Habitat?

A: At this point Habitat for Humanity only accepts new building materials.  Other donation maybe donated to either Portage or Elkhart Habitat Restore

Q: How do I become a sponsor of Habitat Capital Region?

A: There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities for individuals or for congregations, organizations, or companies. Call Nick Metzger at 269-290-8018 to find out more!

Q: How can I volunteer with Habitat of St. Joseph County MI?

A: Volunteers can get involved in a number of ways. There are opportunities to work on committees, during events, to help with special projects or in our office. to learn more click here.

Q: What are the age requirements to volunteer with Habitat?

A: You must be at least 18 years old (16 years old with parental permission) to volunteer. Youth under the age of 16 can also support Habitat’s mission through a variety of other projects.

Q: Do you need previous construction experience to volunteer on a Habitat construction site?

A: No. Anyone who wants to help and is at least 16 years old is welcome on the construction site. Site supervisors will provide you with tools and equipment and teach you how to use them.

Q: What days can I volunteer?

A: Contact Nick Metzger: Cell - 269-290-8018 or

Q: Can groups of people volunteer?

A: Yes. Volunteer groups are made up of 3-10 people who want to volunteer at the same site on the same day.   

Q: Can I fulfill court-ordered community service at Habitat?

A: If you have been ordered by the court to complete community service, please contact Nick Metzger to discuss your service.

Q: How do I apply to the Habitat homeownership program?

A: Candidates for a Habitat home must meet and follow strict qualification guidelines. For info about qualifying for the program, contact Nick Metzger at 269-290-8018 or

Q: What are the requirements for the Habitat homeownership program?

A: Applicants must show that they are willing to partner with Habitat of St. Joseph County MI, must demonstrate a need for housing, and must have the ability to make a monthly mortgage payment by meeting our income and credit requirements.

Q: How long does the application process take?

A: It typically takes 18-24 months from the time of filling out an application to when a homebuyer moves into their Habitat home.