House construction is funded by a combination of sources. Financial sponsorship by corporations and faith groups (e.g., churches) provide about 75% of the construction costs. Additional donations as well as supplemental funds complete the house funding. Some manufacturers of construction materials will donate their products. Examples of this gift-in-kind practices for Habitat Detroit include:
- Dow Automotive providing all the rigid foam insulation used to add additional insulation to the exterior walls and the poured foundation walls.
- Lafarge Cement donating the cement that goes into our concrete used in the foundations and flatwork around the houses. Lafarge Gypsum provides all the drywall and mud required for finishing the interiors.
- Valspar donating all the primer and finish paint that goes into our houses. This is a low V.O.C. (Volatile Organic Compounds) paint that reduces the amount of “gassing” of harmful compounds that may affect the occupants’ respiratory system.
- Square D providing the electrical service box and electrical breakers for all our houses. Yale providing locksets and hardware for the exterior and interior doors.
- Various trades providing a percentage of their services at no charge (ex. for every nine houses that are wired, the tenth is provided at no charge). Our alarm system provider installs the units at no charge and donates the cellular transmitter for monitoring the system.
Habitat Detroit also receives donations that are designated for the construction of houses.
There are private foundations that will sponsor houses.
Grants are available on a competitive basis through companies (ex. banks, Federal Home Loan Banks), and the federal government (ex. HUD).