Habitat for Humanity of Orange County is a non-profit housing ministry seeking to eliminate poverty housing and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people from all walks of life to work together in partnership to build houses with families in need. Since its start in 1987, Orange County Habitat has built more than 135 homes. A typical Habitat family earns 50% or below the area's median income. Currently, this includes single parents earning between $16,000 and $22,000 per year or families with two wage-earners that bring in between $24,000 and $27,000 per year.
Habitat requires that future homeowners attend individual educational workshops that cover financial budgeting, community-building, and basic home maintenance and repair. Habitat is not a charity or a giveaway program. Currently, families must pay $1000 in closing costs and must invest 325 hours of labor into building their own houses and the houses of others in the program. With the security of a decent, safe home, Habitat families are able to turn their attention to improving other areas of their lives, such as seeking more education , job training, and better employment. Children often achieve better performance in school.