About Arkansas Valley Habitat For Humanity

About Habitat For Humanity

Arkansas Valley Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seek to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities, and hope. Habitat for Humanity 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.

All Are Welcome

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 people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. 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. 

Our Mission

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

Our Vision

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Who We Serve

Bettering our neighborhoods, bettering our community and helping those who work hard toward owning a home realize their dream.

We are dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in our area by partnering with prospective homeowners, community volunteers, and community organizations to build safe, decent houses. By building homes through the efforts of volunteers, as well as the required participation of future homebuyers, we are able to sell the homes to our future homeowners for affordable prices. We finance Habitat homes with a no-interest, 15- to 30-year mortgage. This offers the wonderful opportunity of homeownership to qualified, low-to-moderate income, first-time homebuyers, who otherwise would be unable to purchase a home of their own.

Future Homeowners

Our future homeowners are selected through a standard application process that looks at:

  1. An applicant’s level of need for housing
  2. An applicant’s ability to repay the mortgage loan
  3. An applicant’s willingness to become a participating partner in the program, requiring them to participate in the building of Habitat homes

We are an equal-opportunity housing lender, and do not consider applicant race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation or sources of income when selecting future homeowners for the Homeownership Program.

Procedure for applying for a Habitat home:

  • You must apply in person at our Habitat office.
  • We do not mail applications, do applications over the phone, or have an online application form. The reason for this procedure is simply because a qualified member of our staff must go over the requirements of the application with the applicant in order to ensure the forms are filled out correctly and all required paperwork is submitted.
  • You must be open to living in the areas designated for home building through our organization. We build on the North side of Fort Smith and in Van Buren. We do not allow location requests, it is first come, first serve.
  • Once all forms and paperwork are turned in, you will be contacted by a member of our selection committee for a home visit. This is a very important part of the application process and we cannot approve possible homeowners without a home visit.
  • If selected for the program, you must be willing and able to do Sweat Equity hours at our construction site.

If you are interested in applying for a Habitat home, please contact our office at 479-782-8255 for more information or visit us at 421 Towson Avenue, Fort Smith.

Click below to access important information about our Privacy Policies and Terms of Service:

Privacy Policy

Terms of Service