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General Questions

Q: What is Habitat for Humanity Capital Region, and what do you do?

A: Habitat Capital Region is 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 200-400 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 Capital Region currently builds and rehabilitates single-family homes.

Q: Where do you build your homes?

A: Habitat Captial Region builds primarily within the City of Lansing, but the service area covers all of Ingham and Eaton Counties. If you are interested in getting involved with Habitat outside of the Ingham & Eaton area, visit Habitat for Humanity Michigan for info about other affiliates in Michigan.

Volunteering

Q: How can I volunteer with Habitat Capital Region?

A: Volunteers can get involved in a number of ways. There are opportunities to work on construction sites or in our ReStore, to help with special projects or in our office, and to serve on committees.

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: Construction opportunities are generally Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM with limited exceptions. Our ReStores are open to volunteers the same times they are open to the public, Tuesday - Saturday with morning and afternoon shifts available. Other volunteering opportunities are available as projects and events arise. All opportunities are shared with registered volunteers on a monthly bases to sign up online. Contact volunteer@habitatcr.org to learn more.

Q: Can groups of people volunteer?

A: Yes. Volunteer groups are made up of 3-6 people who want to volunteer at the same site on the same day.   

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

A: Yes! If you need your hours verified, you must email volunteer@habitatcr.org BEFORE you begin volunteering with Habitat Capital Region so your hours can be tracked properly. Habitat for Humanity does not work with volunteers who are convicted of sexual or violent crimes, theft, or crimes involving firearms. Background checks are completed for all volunteers.

Donating

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 and in-kind donations.

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 Capital Region, 1941 Benjamin Drive, Lansing MI 48906, or over the phone with a credit card by calling (517) 374-1313.

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

A: In-kind donations such as fixtures, furniture, appliances, and building materials can be made through the ReStores. You can drop off items at the Lansing or Williamston ReStore locations during business hours or schedule a pickup online.

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 Carmen at (517) 374-1313 x 106 to find out more!

Homeownership

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 Jordan Schellinger at (517) 374-1313 x 110 or jordan@habitatcr.org.

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

A: Applicants must show that they are willing to partner with Habitat Capital Region, 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. 

ReStore

Q: What is a Habitat ReStore?

A: Habitat’s ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used home and building materials to the community at a fraction of the retail price. All of the profits from the ReStores go toward supporting Habitat for Humanity Capital Region's mission of building decent, affordable housing in partnership with local people.

Q: Where is the ReStore located?

A: The Lansing ReStore is located at 1941 Benjamin Drive, Lansing, MI 48906. The Williamston ReStore is located at 954 E Grand River Ave, Williamston, MI 48895.

Q: Can I donate to the ReStores?

A: Yes. The ReStore accepts donations such as furniture, appliances, and building materials. You can drop off items the ReStore, or schedule a pickup of large donations online.