Frequently Asked Questions

  • Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and in approximately 70 countries around the world. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward our vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with people and families in need of a decent and affordable home.

  • Families in need of decent, affordable housing apply for homeownership during Garland County Habitat for Humanity’s open application period. This begins after an Application Seminar, explaining the application criteria, and remains open for approximately two weeks following the seminar. Visit our Calendar of Events for the next Application Seminar Date, or signup on our email list to receive seminar updates. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing Habitat’s homeowners.

  • Does Garland County Habitat give houses away?

    Habitat does not give houses away. We are able to make our homes available to qualifying families with a 20-year mortgage far below market value. This is possible because of volunteer labor, in-kind donations, and in-house financing. Partner families put in sweat equity hours and pay into escrow before closing on their homes.

  • Does Garland County Habitat for Humanity only build new houses?

    In Garland County, Habitat for Humanity primarily builds newly constructed homes. Partner families work on their homes as they are constructed as a part of their sweat equity.

  • There are many ways to volunteer. Visit our Volunteer section to learn how to:
    • Volunteer on the construction site
    • Volunteer at one of our ReStores
    • Volunteer as part of a group
    • Volunteer as part of a special event

    Contact our volunteer coordinator.

  • What if I am not in Garland County, Arkansas?

    GCHFH only serves the Garland County area. Habitat for Humanity affiliates are local Habitat for Humanity organizations that act in partnership with and on behalf of Habitat for Humanity International, and are located throughout the USA and around the world. Each Habitat affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area.

    Find your local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

  • What kind of donations does Garland County Habitat for Humanity accept?

    GCHFH depends on financial donations to fund our work. These donations help families build a place they can call home. Visit our Support page to learn more.

    We also have local home improvement stores called Habitat ReStores, which sell reusable and surplus building materials, furniture and appliances to the public. The money made from these sales is used to help families build a better future. To donate materials, contact our Habitat ReStores in Hot Springs, Hot Springs Village, or Lake Hamilton.

  • What is a Habitat for Humanity ReStore?

    Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Proceeds are used to build strength, stability and self-reliance locally and around the world.

    GCHFH operates three ReStores in Garland County.

    Visit our ReStore Page for locations.

  • There are three Habitat ReStores in Garland County. Downtown Hot Springs, Hot Springs Village, and Lake Hamilton.

  • GCHFH relies on gifts from individuals, corporations and other groups to help families in need of decent and affordable homes in Garland County. All donations of any amount are deeply appreciated.

    Habitat’s most recent audited financial statement is available online.

    Visit our Support page to learn more.

  • An independent board of directors oversees the work of GCHFH.
    GCHFH is operated by an administrative staff, professional and support employees, and volunteers.

    Visit our Staff and Board page to learn more.

  • What are your hours of operation?

    The administrative office is open Monday - Thursday from 8 am - 5 pm. Our ReStores are open Monday - Saturday from 9 am - 5 pm, they accept donations until 4 pm. Our construction crew builds Tuesday - Thursday and Saturday 8 am - noon in fall and winter and 7:30 am - 11:30 am in summer.

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