Donate Land or Houses
To be able to provide as much housing as we can for deserving families, Habitat relies on
donations from the community. Donations of land, or of housing to rehabilitate, greatly help us
reduce costs and allow us to provide the most affordable mortgages possible to our homeowners.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: Why should I donate my house or land to Habitat for Humanity?
A: Besides the beneficial tax treatment and lower expenses you can enjoy compared to a private
sale, a donation to Habitat for Humanity strengthens Sonoma County and its families. By
enabling us to take on more projects, you help remedy the affordable housing crisis and
revitalize our neighborhoods.
Q: Who can donate?
A: Individuals, couples, businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies that own land are all
encouraged to donate.
Q: Do I get a tax deduction because of my gift?
A: Yes. Your charitable gift is tax deductible, usually at the current market value of the real
estate. Also, donating your land may allow you to avoid many of the costs and fees of selling the
land privately (such as broker's commissions). If you are unable to take the full amount of the
deduction in the first year, tax law may allow you to carry over the deduction for up to five years.
For answers that fit your specific situation, please consult a tax professional or attorney.
Q: What kinds of real estate are you looking for?
A: The ideal property can be an already-built home in need of renovation, or undeveloped
property that is open to residential development. Also, properties with lower building costs (for
example, those near utilities, or with completed pre-build tests) help keep our projects on
budget. We will work with you to figure out whether your property might be a good fit.