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Building a legacy

Open new doors through legacy giving.

Anyone can make a planned gift, leave a legacy, and provide enduring support to Habitat’s work.

Planned gifts allow generous partners like you to make meaningful gifts you may have never thought possible. Your gifts to Habitat enable us to help families build strength, stability, and independence by building a safe and secure place to call home.

What is planned giving?

A planned gift is a philanthropic gift from your will, living trust, retirement plan, or other estate assets. A legacy gift can allow you to maintain assets during your lifetime and often provide tax advantages for you and your loved ones.

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Types of legacy giving

Gifts that cost you nothing now

It's just one of the ways that, simply by signing your name, you can help families attain safe, affordable places to call home. When you include Greater Matthews Habitat for Humanity in your estate plans, you provide resources that are essential to achieving the vision of a world where everyone has decent shelter.

  • How do I get a house?
    Greater Matthews Habitat for Humanity does not give away homes. We provide a hand up, not a handout. You will be purchasing your home, and we work with you to make sure you have an affordable housing cost after purchasing the home. Each applicant must agree to partner with us in the program, which includes providing all documentation needed as well as attending homebuyer education classes and completing volunteer "HIP-hour" requirements.
  • Are Habitat homes free?
    No, Habitat homeowners purchase their home, and pay an affordable mortgage.
  • When will you accept applications again?
    At this time, we do not have a date set for our next application period.
  • How much does a Greater Matthews Habitat mortgage cost?
    Your mortgage payment (including principal, interest, taxes, and insurance) will be no more than 30% of your gross monthly income. This helps to ensure that you are able to continue making payments on your home while having enough remaining income to provide a healthy, stable life for you and your family.
  • What is meant by "ability to pay"?
    Must be able to afford monthly mortgage payments Debt-to-income ratio has to be lower than 13% Stable income of at least $45,000 a year but less than 80% of the AMI based on family size.
  • Do I need enough savings for a down payment?
    No. We consider the required 150 volunteer "HIP-hours" as down payment. However, you are required to cover closing costs.
  • What do you mean by "family"?
    Greater Matthews Habitat for Humanity understands that there are many types of families, and all are welcome to apply to our program. You determine who your family is. Just a few examples of family are: an individual applying alone, a married couple with children, a single parent, a non-married couple, or a family that includes aunts, uncles, or parents. Unless there are circumstances outside of your control, you must have lived with all the household members shown on your application for at least 6 months.

Gifts with financial benefit to you

If you are considering a planned gift with financial benefits, we recommend that you speak directly with your financial advisor and a development representative at Greater Matthews Habitat

  • How do I get a house?
    Greater Matthews Habitat for Humanity does not give away homes. We provide a hand up, not a handout. You will be purchasing your home, and we work with you to make sure you have an affordable housing cost after purchasing the home. Each applicant must agree to partner with us in the program, which includes providing all documentation needed as well as attending homebuyer education classes and completing volunteer "HIP-hour" requirements.
  • Are Habitat homes free?
    No, Habitat homeowners purchase their home, and pay an affordable mortgage.
  • When will you accept applications again?
    At this time, we do not have a date set for our next application period.
  • How much does a Greater Matthews Habitat mortgage cost?
    Your mortgage payment (including principal, interest, taxes, and insurance) will be no more than 30% of your gross monthly income. This helps to ensure that you are able to continue making payments on your home while having enough remaining income to provide a healthy, stable life for you and your family.
  • What is meant by "ability to pay"?
    Must be able to afford monthly mortgage payments Debt-to-income ratio has to be lower than 13% Stable income of at least $45,000 a year but less than 80% of the AMI based on family size.
  • Do I need enough savings for a down payment?
    No. We consider the required 150 volunteer "HIP-hours" as down payment. However, you are required to cover closing costs.
  • What do you mean by "family"?
    Greater Matthews Habitat for Humanity understands that there are many types of families, and all are welcome to apply to our program. You determine who your family is. Just a few examples of family are: an individual applying alone, a married couple with children, a single parent, a non-married couple, or a family that includes aunts, uncles, or parents. Unless there are circumstances outside of your control, you must have lived with all the household members shown on your application for at least 6 months.

Gifts that make an impact now

Families partner with Greater Matthews Habitat for Humanity to end the cycle of housing instability and become successful homeowners and active members of our community. With your help, we can serve even more people in our community in need of better housing. 

  • How do I get a house?
    Greater Matthews Habitat for Humanity does not give away homes. We provide a hand up, not a handout. You will be purchasing your home, and we work with you to make sure you have an affordable housing cost after purchasing the home. Each applicant must agree to partner with us in the program, which includes providing all documentation needed as well as attending homebuyer education classes and completing volunteer "HIP-hour" requirements.
  • Are Habitat homes free?
    No, Habitat homeowners purchase their home, and pay an affordable mortgage.
  • When will you accept applications again?
    At this time, we do not have a date set for our next application period.
  • How much does a Greater Matthews Habitat mortgage cost?
    Your mortgage payment (including principal, interest, taxes, and insurance) will be no more than 30% of your gross monthly income. This helps to ensure that you are able to continue making payments on your home while having enough remaining income to provide a healthy, stable life for you and your family.
  • What is meant by "ability to pay"?
    Must be able to afford monthly mortgage payments Debt-to-income ratio has to be lower than 13% Stable income of at least $45,000 a year but less than 80% of the AMI based on family size.
  • Do I need enough savings for a down payment?
    No. We consider the required 150 volunteer "HIP-hours" as down payment. However, you are required to cover closing costs.
  • What do you mean by "family"?
    Greater Matthews Habitat for Humanity understands that there are many types of families, and all are welcome to apply to our program. You determine who your family is. Just a few examples of family are: an individual applying alone, a married couple with children, a single parent, a non-married couple, or a family that includes aunts, uncles, or parents. Unless there are circumstances outside of your control, you must have lived with all the household members shown on your application for at least 6 months.
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Share your legacy with us.

Please let us know if you have included Greater Matthews Habitat for Humanity in your will or estate plan or by beneficiary designation. We want to make sure we honor your gift and make certain we understand your intentions on how your gift can be used to serve families.

Requests for anonymity will be honored. 

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Donate Land

A charitable gift of a building site ensures generational security, providing a family safe and decent shelter for many years to come.

Land is currently one of our greatest needs. Our financial resources to purchase land are limited, so we rely upon gifts of land to assure the affordability of the houses that we build. We encourage the donation of any type of real estate including:

  • vacant lots or land

  • homes in need of repair

  • condemned sites that must be razed

  • commercial lots

  • retail properties

  • warehousing properties

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