Coles County Habitat for Humanity is a locally run affiliate of Habitat International, which is a non-profit Christian housing organization. We work with low-income families to help them build a place they can call home. We partner with hardworking families in need and help them build affordable homes for themselves and their families at no interest and no profit.
Since our affiliate was founded in 1989, we have completed 39 homes throughout Coles County and we broke ground on our 40th home in March 2020.
Houses are not given away. Habitat for Humanity offers a hand up, not a handout.
Families who qualify for the Habitat program are hardworking families who want nothing more than to improve their lives and the life of their families. Volunteers provide most of the labor while individuals, churches, and organizations supply funding and materials. Partner families are required to complete 225 hours of sweat equity into building their homes. Mortgage payments are invested into a revolving fund assisting with the construction of additional homes.
Coles County Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves all types of people who in need of decent housing.
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.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Coles County Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry welcoming all people dedicated to improving living standards within its community. The organization strives to enrich quality of life by building and preserving safe, affordable housing for qualified families and individuals through education, networking and community partnerships.
People volunteer each year at Habitat and our ReStore.
Homes have been created by Coles County Habitat for Humanity
In property taxes have been generated for the county from our homes.