Frequently Asked Questions


Home Ownership

Does Coastal Habitat give homes to people and families?  

No.  Coastal Habitat is dedicated to giving a "hand up" to families, seniors, veterans, individuals and anyone who meets financial criteria set by the parent organization, Habitat for Humanity International.  Those chosen for a Coastal Habitat constructed single-family home go through an extensive screening process, receive a zero interest 30-year mortgage held by the organization and are expected to donate hundreds of hours of "sweat equity" to the organization.

What is the criteria to qualify for a Coastal Habitat home?

Qualifying for a Coastal Habitat home is not like applying for a standard home mortgage.  Those who do not qualify for a conventional mortgage may still qualify for a Coastal Habitat home.  The first step to apply is attending the ownership seminar.  Learn more.

General Home Repair

Is Coastal Habitat still helping homeowners impacted by Superstorm Sandy?

Absolutely.  Coastal Habitat is committed to repairing, rebuilding or restoring homes in Southern Monmouth County.

Can Coastal Habitat help me with general home repairs?

Yes.  Coastal Habitat's Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative program is specifically designed to help homeowners who need help with small and large repairs.

What is the criteria for Coastal Habitat to help me with repairs to my home?

Homeowners living in the 18 cities the organization serves, must need help with repairs for their primary residence.  As well, there are income and 'sweat equity' requirements.  Homeowners are encouraged to download the application or call the outreach coordinator for more information.

How much does it cost for Coastal Habitat to help repair my home?

Homeowners commit to a financial contribution for the cost of the materials used for the repairs and a payment plan is arranged based on the homeowner's income.

What should I do if my neighbor needs help with home repairs, not me?

Our volunteers hear of this type of circumstance more than you think.  As such, we may be able to help you help your neighbor.  Naturally, ultimately, the actual homeowner must agree to the repairs.  Contact the Outreach Coordinator at 732-898-4090, ext. 106.

About the Organization

What is Coastal Habitat's territory?

Coastal Habitat serves 18 cities in Southern Monmouth County: Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Avon, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Brielle, Deal, Interlaken, Lake Como, Manasquan, Neptune Twp., Oakhurst, Ocean Grove, Ocean Twp., Shark River Hills, Spring Lake and Heights, Sea Girt and Wall.

Does Coastal Habitat have specific programs for seniors and the disabled?

Yes, many.  The program we are most proud of is part of our Neighborhood Revitalization Intitiave - "Ramps & Rails" and "Aging in Place."  Wolunteers build safe and easy access to primary residences, enabling families to remain together and seniors stay in their homes.

Does Coastal Habitat offer mental health assistance for homeowners impacted by Superstorm Sandy?

No.  The organization's mission is to repair and rebuild homes and communities.

What is Coastal Habitat's ReStore?

The ReStore is a thrift store selling better-than-average lightly used and new furniture, housewares, home decor, appliances, electronics, linens and more.  The 5,000 square foot showroom is located at 1105 Memorial Drive in Asbury Park and runs on donations from the public and corporations.  More about the ReStore.


How do I volunteer?

Please complete the Volunteer Skills and Interest Form and Coastal Habitat's Volunteer Coordinator will contact you within 72 hours.  All construction site volunteers must complete the Volunteer Waiver Form and present the first day of volunteering.  

Can I volunteer some place besides a construction site?

Absolutely, Coastal Habitat welcomes volunteers with all skills and interests to help with the ReStore resale store, back-office management, events and much more.  Learn more about volunteering.   

Do I need experience to volunteer on construction / repair site?

No.  Everyone is welcome to volunteer on a construction site.  Those with specific skills (electrical, sheetrocking, plumbing, etc.) may lead teams of volunteers.

How old do I have to be to volunteer on a construction site?

Due to insurance regulations, no one under 16 years of age may volunteer on a construction site.

Can I volunteer for a specific project, such as a family impacted by Superstorm Sandy?

Yes.  Please note any preferences you may have when you complete the Volunteer Skills and Interests Form

Can I bring a group of people (employees, students, etc.) who want to volunteer together?

Yes.  Groups of volunteers are scheduled in advance with our Volunteer Coordinator.

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