Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry
founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. We build with people in need regardless of race or religion. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds.
Why Habitat for Humanity is needed
The world is experiencing a global housing crisis
About 1.6 billion people live in substandard housing and 100 million are homeless.(1)
Each week, more than 1 million people are born in, or move to, cities in the developing world.(2)
One billion people (32 percent of the global urban population) live in urban slums.
If no serious action were taken, the number of slum dwellers worldwide would increase over the next 30 years to nearly 2 billion.(3)
In the United States alone, 95 million people have housing problems
Including payments too large a percentage of their income, overcrowding, poor quality shelter and homelessness.(4)
Clean, decent, and stable housing provides more than just a roof over someone’s head
Stability for families and children.
Sense of dignity and pride.
Health, physical safety, and security.
Increase of educational and job prospects.
The transformational ability of good housing
Clean, warm housing is essential for prevention and care of diseases of poverty like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, diarrhea, and malaria.(5)
Children under five in Malawi living in Habitat for Humanity houses have 44 percent less malaria, respiratory or gastrointestinal diseases compared to children living in traditional houses.(6)
Housing is a great means of wealth creation
Home ownership is a form of wealth accumulation through equity and forced savings from mortgage repayment.(7)
Housing construction creates job opportunities for migrants to cities and stimulates the creation of small business.
The process of securing land tenure helps to increase access to credit.(8)
Good housing attracts economic investment and development
Contributes to thriving school systems and community organizations.
A catalyst for civic activism and a stimulus for community-based organizations.
Safe homes and neighborhoods help to build social stability and security.(9)
Housing must become a priority
The percentage of people without access to decent, stable housing is rising.
Increasing the housing supply across the globe is essential.
Adequate housing is vitally important to the health of the world’s economies, communities, and populations.
If we are to succeed in the fight against poverty, we must support the expansion of housing both as policy and as practice.
What we build
Our houses are simple, decent, and affordable to low-income families around the world. See what Habitat houses are like
around the world.
Whenever possible, we build sustainable, energy-efficient and healthy housing. Learn more about our construction technologies
Why we build
Nearly 2 billion people around the world live in slum housing and over 100 million are homeless. Habitat for Humanity is needed
to help eliminate poverty by providing simple, decent shelter to those in need.
Families left homeless by natural disasters, war and civil unrest often face dire housing situations as they struggle to rebuild their lives. Habitat for Humanity’s Disaster Response
program provides shelter and housing solutions to help these families recover.
How it’s possible
Homeowners and volunteers build under trained supervision.
Individuals, corporations, faith groups and others provide vital
financial support. Learn more about Habitat's stewardship of these resources in our Annual Report and Financial Statement
In the U.S., Habitat for Humanity lends no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans to its beneficiary families.
On a global scale, Habitat’s traditional model is not always possible. Our international housing finance
programs consist of innovative housing finance practices and/or partnerships with microfinance organizations.
Where We Build
Africa & the Middle East
Asia & Pacific
Europe & Central Asia
Latin America & Caribbean
United States & Canada