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About Us FAQ – Meet Our Staff – RCHFH History

Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity (RCHFH) is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Founded in 1989, Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally, in Rutherford County, 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.

Using volunteer labor, in-kind donations, discounted materials and tax-deductible donations, Habitat works in partnership with people in need to build simple decent homes sold at no profit and no interest.

RCHFH Speakers Bureau

Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity has several staff members who can speak with authority on housing subjects! We welcome media inquiries for interviews and comments specificially about the Habitat for Humanity program as well as to address current events and  issues. Download: RCHFH Speakers Bureau

All are Welcome

Rutherford County Area 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.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide.

Habitat Partner Families

Partner Families are selected by a committee of volunteers based on their level of need; willingness to become partners in the Habitat program; and their ability to make a small down-payment, pay a mortgage, and sustain long-term home ownership responsibilities. Homeowner mortgage payments are recycled through a “Fund for Humanity” used to help cover costs of future homes.

The Habitat Program

Habitat does NOT give houses away. In addition to supporting the program through mortgage payments, Habitat Partner Families are required to invest 400 “sweat equity” hours by helping with construction to serve as a portion of their down payment. A hand-up, not a handout, Habitat instills a sense of self esteem in its families through the joy of homeownership that promotes success in other aspects of their lives.

The pride of Habitat homeowners is contagious. The “home improvement” bug often bites neighbors when a new Habitat homeowner moves in. Habitat homes improve neighborhood property values and overall neighborhood appearance.

Habitat worksites are places to build relationships as well as houses. This self-help solution to the problem of substandard housing brings together families in need and Habitat volunteers and supporters who are committed to making a difference in their community.

The Fair Housing Act

We Do Business in Accordance With the Federal Fair Housing Law (The Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988).



It is illegal to Discriminate Against Any Person Because of Race, Color, Religion, Sex, Handicap, Familial Status, or National Origin


  • In the sale or rental of housing or residential lots
  • In advertising the sale or rental of housing
  • In the financing of housing
  • In the provision of real estate brokerage services
  • In the appraisal of housing
  • Blockbusting is also illegal

Anyone who feels he or she has been discriminated against may file a complaint of housing discrimination:

1-800-669-9777 (Toll Free) 1-800-927-9275 (TTY)       www.hud.gov/fairhousing

Download Fair Housing Poster