Evelyn Jackson and her two children moved into their Habitat home in 1988, the very first home of their own they had ever had.
Housing shortfalls in this country at the center of southern Africa are tremendous. UN-Habitat estimates a 1.3 million-unit shortfall in urban areas and another 1.5 million units needed in rural regions.
Because many homes in Hungary lack insulation, the country’s cold winters often result in high heating costs for families. Habitat’s work here — and throughout Europe — includes insulating and repairing homes to make them snug and energy-efficient.
In addition to building new homes, Habitat rehabilitates existing homes as part of its neighborhood revitalization efforts.
Around the world, natural disasters claim lives and leave millions homeless each year. Habitat’s disaster response work includes shelter assistance, education and training.
In all of Habitat’s disaster response work, there’s the obvious need to repair and build houses alongside affected families.
Lesotho has been hit especially hard by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and many children in the country have lost one or both parents. Living conditions are often overcrowded and unhygienic.
One of the biggest challenges for many families around the world who seek adequate housing is access to land and security of tenure.
After the devastating earthquake of 2010, Habitat helped 55,335 families — approximately 276,675 individuals in Port-au-Prince, Léogâne, Simon-Pelé and Cabaret — through our disaster recovery program and community development activities.
Habitat has built in Nepal since 1997, constructing new homes and helping families improve existing ones through microfinance loans.
Affordable housing is a crucial cornerstone for the development of any community, and the creation of affordable ownership opportunities through Habitat brings families and volunteers together to build and strengthen neighborhoods and create new ties.
In Kenya, in 2012, the housing deficit was 2 million units — and growing.
Habitat builds — and rebuilds — to give families like the Jordans a brighter future, to give communities a clearer path and to give hope a place to flourish.
The common denominator of all the places where Habitat builds is you. Your hands, your hearts and your support help families from Nebraska to Nicaragua. More than 2 million of you each year make our global mission possible.
Habitat’s vision is to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live, where kids have room to grow and excel and where parents know the financial freedom of an affordable mortgage.