What is Habitat?

Habitat for Humanity builds and renovates houses and sells them to families in need at no profit. Habitat regional affiliates accomplish this with the help of volunteers, who aid in all aspects of house construction, and donations.

Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976, and since then has built more than 300,000 houses around the world, providing safe homes for over 1.5 million people.

Why is Habitat needed?

The world is experiencing a global housing crisis. About 1.6 billion people live in substandard housing and 100 million are homeless, according to the United Nations.

In the United States alone, 95 million people, one third of the nation, have housing problems including payments too large a percentage of their income, overcrowding, poor quality shelter and homelessness. Throughout the world, people live in inadequate housing, and Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to providing decent, affordable homes for those in need.

Habitat for Humanity has shown that building homes does more than put a roof over someone’s head. In clean, decent, stable housing:

  • Families can provide stability for their children.
  • A family’s sense of dignity and pride grow.
  • Health, physical safety, and security improve.
  • Educational and job prospects increase.

For more information, visit the Habitat for Humanity International website.