Who we are
Habitat for Humanity Millstone Basin Affiliate is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity Millstone Basin Affiliate is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.
Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
The Millstone Basin Affiliate serves the New Jersey communities of Cranbury, East Windsor, Hightstown, Plainsboro, Robbinsville and West Windsor as an independent unit of Habitat for Humanity International.
Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair hundreds of thousands of decent, affordable houses sheltering millions of people worldwide.
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Our Mission Statement
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
OUR MISSION Principles
- Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.
We undertake our work to demonstrate the love and teachings of Jesus, acting in all ways in accord with the belief that God’s love and grace abound for all, and that we must be “hands and feet” of that love and grace in our world. We believe that, through faith, the miniscule can be multiplied to accomplish the magnificent, and that, in faith, respectful relationships can grow among all people.
- Focus on shelter.
We have chosen, as our means of manifesting God’s love, to create opportunities for all people to live in decent, durable shelter. We put faith into action by helping to build, renovate or preserve homes, and by partnering with others to accelerate and broaden access to affordable housing as a foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty.
- Advocate for affordable housing.
In response to the prophet Micah’s call to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God, we promote decent, affordable housing for all, and we support the global community’s commitment to housing as a basic human right. We will advocate for just and fair housing policy to eliminate the constraints that contribute to poverty housing. And, in all of our work, we will seek to put shelter on hearts and minds in such powerful ways that poverty housing becomes socially, politically and religiously unacceptable.
- Promote dignity and hope.
We believe that no one lives in dignity until everyone can live in dignity. We believe that every person has something to contribute and something to gain from creating communities in which all people have decent, affordable places to live. We believe that dignity and hope are best achieved through equitable, accountable partnerships.
- Support sustainable and transformational development.
We view our work as successful when it transforms lives and promotes positive and lasting social, economic and spiritual change within a community; when it is based on mutual trust and fully shared accomplishment; and when it demonstrates responsible stewardship of all resources entrusted to us.
Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations will not proselytize. Nor will HFH work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with HFH. This means that HFH will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.
How does Habitat work?
Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable, no-interest loans. The homeowners' monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses.
Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor -- sweat equity -- into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.
How much does a Habitat house cost?
Throughout the world, the cost of houses varies significantly based on local materials and house styles. Here in New Jersey it costs us about $100,000 to build a Habitat house. That amount becomes the mortgage amount charged to the partner family. Mortgages here are typically 20 to 30 years but are no-interest mortgages, keeping them very affordable for our families. Click here to learn more.
Where does Habitat operate?
Habitat is a worldwide, grass-roots movement. There are more than 2,100 active affiliates in 100 countries, including all 50 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. Don't live in New Jersey? Find Habitat affiliates in your area.
How are partner families selected?
People in need of decent shelter apply to local Habitat affiliates. The affiliate's homeowner selection committee chooses homeowners based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program and their ability to repay the no-interest loan. Every affiliate follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing the families who receive Habitat houses.
If your family, or a family you know, is in need of decent, affordable housing, and you live within the areas covered by the Millstone Basin Area affiliate, contact us.
How Does the local Affiliate Operate?
Board of Directors
The board of directors develops the policies of Habitat for Humanity in your community, and the committees are charged with implementing them. It is important that each board member take an active role in a committee, and that the separate roles of the board and its committees be established early in the development of the affiliate.
Effective Habitat committees are dedicated to the following:
▪ Permitting in-depth analysis of the issues relevant to the committees' purposes.
▪ Facilitating informed policy and decision-making through recommendations to the board
▪ Enabling discussion of confidential matters
▪ Providing an opportunity for involving volunteers in the vision of Habitat and teaching them about the roles and activities of each committee.
▪ Providing a training ground for potential board members.
Committees need at least one or two members with skills relevant to the assigned tasks. For example, the Fund Development committee needs people with good communication skills and fund-raising know-how. The Building committee needs people with experience in construction and carpentry. Of equal significance, however, is the need for people with enthusiasm and determination.
Committee members should believe in Habitat's ministry and be eager to include others in the work. Committee members should be fully informed of the vision and goals of the affiliate as well as the specific mandate of their committees. They must be informed about the anticipated time commitment involved before they agree to participate.