Baylor Habitat for Humanity is recognized by Habitat for Humanity International as the first campus chapter of Habitat, founded in 1987. Since then, over 800 chapters in 35 countries have been created to serve both their local communities and communities abroad. Here in Waco, we have helped Waco Habitat for Humanity, our city affiliate, build more than 100 houses since 1987!

About Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. H4H seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. H4H has built more than 175,000 houses around the world, providing more than 750,000 people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter.

As students attending a large and influential university, we believe it is our responsibility to educate the Baylor community on the need for affordable and decent housing in Waco and worldwide.

We also believe that the key to success lies in breaking down the barriers which divide our city. We want to bring people of different races, religions, economic levels, and backgrounds together for the common goal of bettering our community.

How Habitat Works

Habitat is not a “giveaway” program. Habitat is an assistance program that helps families become homeowners through hard work and dedication. Money is raised for the construction of each home through the efforts of Baylor and Waco Habitat. Upon completion, the homes are sold to the families at cost and financed with zero-interest, 20-year loans.

The families are selected based on three criteria:

  • Need: The family must make less than 33% of the median income for Waco.
  • Ability to Pay: The family must be able to pay the monthly mortgage payments. These payments are often less than the rent for a two-bedroom apartment.
  • Willingness to Partner: The family must complete 300 hours of “sweat equity” work on either their home or the construction of other Habitat homes.

Where Can You Start?

It may take a village to raise a child, but it only takes a community to raise a house! If you want to join the “city” of people who help Habitat raise its houses, here are some ideas:

  • Donate your time! Schedule a day and time for yourself or group to help us build. No experience needed, just a willingness to learn!
  • Donate your services/products! We need meals for the workers, skilled labor, publicity opportunities, and new and used building/home supplies.
  • Donate your money! We at Baylor Habitat are a chapter of a non-profit organization, which means we rely on your donations.

We are open to all forms of help, and encourage you to be creative in finding ways you can use your personal talents and gifts to assist us.

Semester Requirements

  • Accumulate at least 15 points per semester.
    • 1 meeting = 1 point
    • 1 service hour = 1 point
  • Pay $25 dues per semester (online at wacohabitat.org as Baylor Habitat Dues or to Lauren Guida, the treasurer)*

MID-TERM BONUS: Pay dues by February 18th to receive 1 mid-term bonus point.


Who We Are

Our Vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live. Our Mission Statement: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

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