At Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity, we offer four different services to our community:

1. NOHFH ReStore

What is the ReStore? 

The ReStore is a thrift shop operated by Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity since 2001. We specialize in gently used furniture, household items, giftware and appliances. We also have a large selection of lighting fixtures. It is located at 1201 Rt. 166 Toms River, NJ 08753.    

How Does it Work? 

The ReStore operates on the generous donations from members our community. Our dedicated volunteers and staff pick up the donated items, then sort, price and sell the items to the general public. All profits from the ReStore go torwards building decent, affordable housing for people in our area.

How You Can Help!

Volunteer: The ReStore is looking for friendly, energetic volunteers to assist with ReStore operations. Duties include assisting customers, answering calls, sorting, cleaning and displaying merchandise. ReStore volunteers must commit to one three-hour shift a week. For more information, please call the ReStore at 732-818-9500 and ask to speak with Sandy or Donna visit our website at


We are always looking for donations of furniture, pot & pans, linens, appliances, household items, kink-knacks and other giftware. If you have items you’d like to donate, please read the requirements below and call the ReStore at 732-818-9500 to arrange a drop off time or schedule a free pick-up of larger items. And remember….By donating gently used furniture and household items to The ReStore you become part of the solution to reducing landfills in your backyard while giving families the opportunity for first-time home ownership.

2. Volunteer.

Northern Ocean Habitat For Humanity is always looking for individual and group volunteers.  Volunteers are needed in all areas of the organization including assistance in our Re-Store, construction, A Brush With Kindness, and Sandy Repair Program as well as service on our various committees.
 If you are interested in volunteering, please visit our website at

3. New Home Partnerships.

Family Selection Information

Looking for an affordable opportunity to buy a simple, decent home?

Family Selection Criteria

The selection of families who will purchase homes from Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity will be done by the Family Selection committee using criteria in a way that does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, age, handicap, religion, marital status, or because all or part of the applicant’s income is derived from public assistance programs.


NOHFH will look at three distinct areas of selection criteria when reviewing potential “Partners”:

1.    Your family’s actual housing need based on the suitability of your current shelter.

2.    Your current income and ability to make payments.

3.    Your willingness to participate as a “partner” with Habitat.


  1. You will be considered for a Habitat home if your present housing is not adequate housing through other conventional means. Lack of adequate housing may include problems with the following: water, electrical, sewage service  systems, heating system, or failure to maintain municipal property maintenance standards. Also take into consideration are the number, ages and sex of your children compared to the number of bedrooms in your home.
  2. The percentage of your monthly income that you currently spend on housing is considered to determine need. You will be required to openly and full discuss your financial situation with a Habitat interviewer. 
  3. You must currently live in Northern Ocean County (north of Lacey Township) and have resided in Northern Ocean County for at least one year.
  4. You and your family will be considered if your total income falls within the range below.

Ability to Pay

  • Since you will actually be buying your home from Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity you must demonstrate your ability to pay the monthly mortgage payment.
  • This payment will include not only the mortgage payment but also the payment of real estate taxes and insurance.
  • We will help you determine if this payment will jeopardize your ability to meet all your other family financial obligations and expenses. We can also help you if you need to develop a budget to determine your eligibility.

Willingness to Partner

  • Your assistance in constructing your home and the homes of others is called sweat equity and may include clearing the lot, painting, helping with construction, providing food for the volunteers, or working in the Habitat ReStore.
  • As a partner family, you must complete 300 hours of service for each adult in your family (up to 600 hours).
  • Your family can receive credit up to 30% of your total hours by applying time in on your behalf by friends and relatives who join in the work.
  • Your sweat equity obligation must be completed before moving into your home. 
  • You will be responsible for maintenance and repairs of your home from the time you move into your house. 
Please Note: After moving into your home, the Family Support Committee will maintain an on-going relationship with you. This includes financial counseling and household maintenance education.
Family Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Minimum Income 19300 22050 24800 27550 29800 32000 34200 36400
Maximum Income 32150 36750 41350 45900 45900 53250 56950 60600

4. Changing Communities.

About the ABWK Program and Sandy Repair Program

A Brush with Kindness is a program that helps homeowners that are struggling to restore and maintain a safe and decent place to live. When basic expenses exceed income month after month, home maintenance is the usual casualty. Years of deferred maintenance can cause a downward spiral of home deterioration and unsafe living conditions.
A Brush with Kindness (ABWK) is Habitat’s house-preservation initiative that focuses repairs to home from minor repairs to critical home repairs. It is part of Habitat’s broader Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative that will enable affiliates to offer a wider variety of construction services using the Habitat model.
After Superstorm Sandy, NOHFH implemented a new program, Sandy Repair Program, to offer critical home repairs to homeowners who were effected by Superstorm Sandy. 

How the Program Works 

Interested homeowners must be able to demonstrate:
  • Proof of ownership and residency in the Northern Ocean Habitat region.
  • Financial need. This program is for low-income households.

 Eligibility Grid

Family Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Maximum Income $46,050 $52,600 $59,200 $65,750 $71,050 $76,300 $81,550 $86,800

How to Apply for ABWK and Sandy Repair Program

Applicants are selected throughout the year and are based on family circumstances, condition of the home and financial qualification. To request an application by mail, call 732-228-7962 ext.107 or download an application online at

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