No matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve to have a decent life. We deserve to feel strength and stability day after day. We deserve to know we have the power to take care of ourselves and build our own futures.
At Habitat for Humanity, we know that families in your community and around the world have the potential to stand on their own. All they sometimes really need is a helping hand, a way to help themselves so that they can build that better life.
There is no typical Habitat family. The families who partner with us to build and improve places to call home come from a variety of backgrounds and are selected at a local level. We partner with teachers, musicians, policemen, pastors, office workers and more. The basis for a family’s selection is their level of need for better housing, their willingness to partner with us and work alongside volunteers, and their ability to pay an affordable mortgage.
Every day, more and more families find themselves in a struggle to keep a decent roof over their heads. Unpredictable rent increases, overcrowded living conditions, damaged or dilapidated structures, unsafe neighborhoods, lack of access to land and affordable financing — these are just a few of the kinds of housing needs that families face. And those needs lead to instability, uncertainty, stress and fear.
Willingness to partner, ability to pay
Every parent, every person, should have the decent shelter they need to thrive. When families partner with Habitat, they start down a new path — one with far fewer barriers to a better, healthier, more financially stable life.
Habitat homeowners play a hands-on role in eliminating those barriers, beginning with the sweat equity hours they perform. With the help of volunteers, they build and renovate the places they will call home. They attend financial education and budget planning classes. Some help staff the local Habitat ReStore; others serve on committees or help out in the local Habitat office.
All of them are proactive, not passive. Investing, not receiving. They are seizing an opportunity, and — with a hand up — they are changing their own futures.
Habitat and the families who partner with us understand that a home is a far-reaching investment. A home is a strong foundation on which the families who partner with Habitat can grow and thrive.
When we asked Ivette what the biggest difference between her old home and new house was, she always said “It’s mine,” with a delighted look on her face. Ivette is a proud homeowner of a house that has four bedrooms and two full bathrooms. Read More
“Habitat for Humanity is a great program, and without it we wouldn’t be able to afford a house. Sweat Equity taught us hard work and showed us that working in unity can help accomplish great tasks. Read More
Nathan and Jennifer
“We have that dream that everybody wants… We have a home,” Transformed by one application and the generosity of the Habitat for Humanity program, the lives of Jennifer and Nathan's family are now devoted to paying the kindness forward. Read More