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Tuesday Truths

Posted: 2009-03-31 08:54:36

North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity feels blessed to be part of an amazing network of Habitat affiliates within Habitat International. With the recognition of this wonderful brand name, however, sometimes come a set of false assumptions. Habitat hopes to counter these false ideas in a series of "Myths and Truths" published each Tuesday.

MYTH: Habitat builds houses only for minorities.

TRUTH: Habitat doesn’t build houses for anyone. We build houses with people in need, without regard to race. Three criteria drive the family selection process: need, ability to repay the no-profit mortgage over a 25 year period, and willingness to partner with Habitat. The U. S. Fair Housing Act of 1968 prohibits discrimination based on race, color sex, religion, handicap, familial status or national origin. The covenant that all local Habitat for Humanity affiliates sign with Habitat International also specifies that Habitat homeowner families are selected “according to criteria that do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed or ethnic background.