Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter

Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter

Building and expanding inclusive housing markets.

Our vision

To serve as a place of knowledge, expertise, advice and innovation, enabling low- and very low-income families to acquire adequate housing.

What we do

  • Facilitate collaboration between public, private and nonprofit organizations.
  • Develop sustainable and innovative housing solutions for those who lack adequate housing.
  • Increase access to affordable shelter among lower-income populations.

Habitat for Humanity established the Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter to work with housing market systems by supporting local firms and expanding innovative and client-responsive services, products and financing so that households can improve their shelter more effectively and efficiently.

Acting as a market facilitator through the Terwilliger Center, Habitat can have exponentially more impact by improving systems that make better housing possible for millions more families, most of whom build their homes in stages.

The Terwilliger Center’s approach stays true to Habitat for Humanity’s original principles of self-help and sustainability by focusing on improving systems that enable families to achieve affordable shelter without needing ongoing direct support.

The principles that guide the work of the Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter are:
  • Striving for large-scale impact.
  • Ensuring sustainability so that solution remains available to households after the Terwilliger Center ceases its support.
  • Emphasizing the role of the private sector.
  • Enabling systemic change and attempting to address underlying problems and challenges in the market.
  • Working as a facilitator to improve the ability of other market players to deliver the solution themselves.
The Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter strategy focuses on:
  • Mobilizing the flow of capital to the housing sector.
  • Serving as facilitator and adviser to market actors.
  • Advancing the knowledge around housing markets through research, toolkits and public dissemination.

Read the 2015-16 State of Housing Microfinance report in English and Spanish.

For more information, please email us at TCIS@habitat.org or call 1-800-HABITAT.

What is microfinance?

Learn more about microfinance and Habitat's role in housing microfinance to assist even more families in need of a safe place to call home.

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MicroBuild Fund

Housing microfinance helps empower people to build better, more durable homes through a combination of capital and housing support services.

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Shelter solutions for people in sub-Saharan Africa

In partnership with the MasterCard Foundation, Habitat's Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter is providing technical assistance to six leading financial institutions in Uganda and Kenya to develop housing microfinance products and services to serve people living on less than US$5 per day.

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Contact us

Habitat for Humanity International
Attn: Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter
270 Peachtree Street, NW
Suite 1300
Atlanta, GA 30307

Email: TCIS@habitat.org

Phone: 1-800-HABITAT or 1-229-924-6935