Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a global, nonprofit housing organization. They partner with first-time homebuyers in our community to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homebuyers invest “Sweat Equity” hours by working alongside volunteers to build their own home or the homes of other Habitat families. In addition to construction, homeowners-to-be earn Sweat Equity by volunteering at events, assisting with administrative tasks, and taking financial and homeownership training classes. Children can even help their parents earn Sweat Equity by getting good grades in school. Upon completion of construction, Habitat homeowners purchase their house and pay an affordable mortgage. These mortgage payments are used to fund construction of more Habitat homes.