Sweat Equity

What is sweat equity?

Sweat equity is the hands-on involvement of partner families. They help build their own home and the homes of other partner families. 

Sweat equity is designed to meet three important goals:

1. Sweat Equity Builds Partnership Sweat equity is meant to provide opportunities for meaningful interaction between partner families, affiliate representatives and Habitat volunteers. Our mission isn’t just about building homes; it extends to uplifting families and increasing a sense of community.

2. Sweat Equity Builds a Sense of Pride — Habitat for Humanity doesn’t give away homes to partner families. We offer a hand up, not a hand out. Habitat works with, instead of for, families in need to build homes and brighter futures.

3. Sweat Equity Builds Skills & Knowledge — The sweat equity requirement is meant to give homeowners a wide variety of way to gain skills and knowledge that can help them successful adapt to their new home. On build sites, family members understand how their home is built and can be prepared for the maintenance needed after they move in.

Sweat equity hours can also be earned in other ways, like volunteering at the ReStore or spending time on a committee.