Decatur Area Habitat for Humanity (DAH4H) is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization.

Habitat for Humanity works  with  median income families to provide a hand up towards obtaining a  home.  The Home owners partner with habitat to build and donate sweat equity hours. The houses are then sold to our partnering Home Owners at no profit and interest-free.

Dedicated volunteers provide most of the labor, and individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to build Habitat houses. Partner families themselves invest 300 hours of labor - "sweat equity" - into building their homes, homes of others and volunteering at approved community service organizations in Macon County, IL.

The mortgage payments go into a revolving fund for Decatur Area Habitat for Humanity that is used to build more houses for individuals and families that are in need.

Since its founding in 1987 by John Henry Cain, Decatur Area Habitat for Humanity has built and rehabbed 63 houses in the Decatur Area. 


You must be able to pay the monthly mortgage.

  • Have a reliable source of income.
  • Family's credit is free of liens and judgments.
  • Meet income guidelines
  • Demonstrated history of making payments on time.
  • Ability to make a $500 down payment (optional air conditioning unit for an additional $200) and proof of first year's Home Owners Insurance at the time of closing.


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We use the latest steam extraction cleaning and dry cleaning equipment and methods. All furniture is pre-shampooed by hand. 


Habitat builds simple, decent, affordable houses using a standard design.

  • 3 BR, 1/2 bath
  • 4 BR, 2 baths
  • Driveway
  • Crawlspace
  • Storage Shed
  • Your choice of siding and roof colors, flooring and light fixtures.
  • Refrigerator and range donated through our Whirlpool Gift in Kind program.



Habitat builds simple, decent homes with 3 or more bedrooms, depending on the family size.  An 8' x 10' outdoor shed is also included.

​​​​​​You must bewilling to commit to being a full partner in the construction of your house.

  • Work with DAH4H volunteers in building your house.

  • Participate in cleaning your house at the end of construction.

  • Agree to fulfill 300 hours of "sweat equity".​

  • Agree to attend and complete counseling sessions that are on focused on financial management and home maintenance.