About Habitat for Humanity

What is Habitat for Humanity?

Habitat for Humanity is a global non-profit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God's love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by building and improving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.

An estimated 176,000 of these families are in the Asia-Pacific region, where Habitat has been active since 1983.

Why we build

We all need a place to call home. A place where we feel safe. A place where our children can grow. A place with clean water to wash and cook, and proper toilets. A place where we can dream our dreams and live in dignity. For too many families, home is a leaky shack by a field or an overcrowded room in a slum. It's unhealthy. It's unsafe. It's often expensive. It's unnecessary.

At Habitat for Humanity, we believe a simple, decent, affordable home is key to breaking the cycle of poverty.

Each year, Habitat for Humanity builds homes, communities and hope by building and improving homes; advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.

So far, more than 500,000 families and more than 2.5 million people go to sleep each night in safe, decent, affordable homes thanks to the efforts of Habitat for Humanity, our partners and supporters. One third of these families are in the Asia-Pacific region.

But the need is still huge. Millions of people around the world live in inadequate poverty housing. Others are struggling to rebuild their homes after natural disasters, war and civil unrest. Habitat for Humanity is there to make a difference.

What you can do

  1. Find out more about the work of Habitat for Humanity in your country
  2. Find out about volunteering for Habitat for Humanity
  3. Fundraise for Habitat for Humanity

Our vision, mission and values

Habitat Vision

A world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.

Our mission

Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Core values

  1. Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.

  2. We undertake our work to demonstrate the love and teachings of Jesus, acting in all ways in accord with the belief that God's love and grace abound for all, and that we must be 'hands and feet' of that love and grace in our world. We believe that, through faith, the miniscule can be multiplied to accomplish the magnificent, and that, in faith, respectful relationships can grow among all people.

  3. Focus on shelter

  4. We have chosen, as our means of manifesting God's love, to create opportunities for all people to live in decent, durable shelter. We put faith into action by helping to build, renovate or preserve homes, and by partnering with others to accelerate and broaden access to affordable housing as a foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty.

  5. Advocate for affordable housing

  6. In response to the prophet Micah's call to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God, we promote decent, affordable housing for all, and we support the global community's commitment to housing as a basic human right. We will advocate for just and fair housing policy to eliminate the constraints that contribute to poverty housing. And, in all of our work, we will seek to put shelter on hearts and minds in such powerful ways that poverty housing becomes socially, politically and religiously unacceptable.

  7. Promote dignity and hope

  8. We believe that no one lives in dignity until everyone lives in dignity. We believe that every person has something to contribute and something to gain from creating communities in which all people have decent, affordable places to live. We believe that dignity and hope are best achieved through equitable, accountable partnerships

  9. Support sustainable and transformational development

  10. We view our work as successful when it transforms lives and promotes positive and lasting social, economic and spiritual change within a community; when it is based on mutual trust and fully shared accomplishment; and when it demonstrates responsible stewardship of all resources entrusted to us.