Our case for support

Help us build strength, stability and self-reliance.

Volunteer hammers sheathing onto a Habitat home in Wisconsin.

Unwavering support from donors and volunteers has made Habitat for Humanity a leader among nonprofit organizations.

Since our founding in 1976, Habitat has helped more than 29 million people obtain a safer place to sleep at night, along with the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives.

But it’s not enough. We need your support to build our impact. And with your help, we know we can do more.

Here’s how.

Habitat for Humanity is a global leader.

Shot from inside an unfinished Habitat home, a volunteer in a hard hat peers down through roof trusses with blue sky behind his head.

As a global organization delivering local impact, Habitat is uniquely positioned to address the world’s shelter crisis.

Our work in more than 70 countries and across all 50 states in the U.S. has helped transform the lives and communities of 29 million people through housing since 1976.

With the help of more than 1.4 million volunteers each year, Habitat serves a family somewhere around the world every 21 seconds.

Map of countries served by Habitat in FY2019

FY2019 individuals served

Habitat’s strategic plan looks at the number of individuals impacted by our work. We report our work as a mix of households and individuals. To present our figures as individuals, we multiply by five the number of households served by our international work, and by four (or by two for repairs) the number of households served by our work in the U.S. and Canada.
United States & Canada
  Individuals
New & rehab construction 16,320
Repairs 16,540
Market development 710
Total 33,570
Latin America & the Caribbean
  Individuals
New & rehab construction 35,345
Incremental construction 29,525
Repairs 64,825
Professional services 30,790
Market development 1,847,575
Total 2,008,060
Europe, Middle East & Africa
  Individuals
New & rehab construction 3,860
Incremental construction 114,435
Repairs 16,770
Professional services 34,440
Market development 1,676,655
Civil society facilitation 3,275
Total 1,849,435
Asia & the Pacific
  Individuals
New & rehab construction 38,055
Incremental construction 273,990
Repairs 15,050
Professional services 70,675
Market development 1,598,875
Civil society facilitation 1,180,010
Total 3,176,655

FY2019 consolidated financial information

All figures presented in thousands of dollars.
Source of funds
Contributions $197,354 66%
Government grants $15,753 5%
Donated product $42,191 14%
Other income $45,221 15%
Total revenue $300,519  
Use of funds
Program - U.S. affiliates $121,512 42%
Program - international affiliates $85,843 30%
Program - public awareness and advocacy $16,647 6%
Total programs $224,002 78%
Fundraising $49,265 17%
Management and general $14,986 5%
Total expenses $288,253  

FY2018 combined financial information

As autonomous nonprofit organizations, Habitat affiliates and national organizations keep their own records of revenues and expenditures. Habitat for Humanity International annually compiles combined (unaudited) financial amounts for Habitat in total. For FY2018, we estimated the total impact of the entire Habitat for Humanity mission was as follows:
Total revenue of $2.3 billion
Total net assets of $3.1 billion
FY2018 Source of funds
Contributions and grants $800 million 35%
Donated product $713 million 31%
Sales of homes $641 million 28%
Other income $128 million 6%
FY2018 Use of funds
Program $1.6 billion 84%
Fundraising $139 million 7%
Management and general $178 million 9%

We have tremendous friends.


Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter working on a Carter Work Project build site.

Habitat Humanitarians are high-profile volunteers recognized for their invaluable contributions.

This generous group serves as mission champions, advocates and spokespeople to raise awareness of the need for decent, affordable shelter in the U.S. and around the world.

Our Habitat Humanitarians are former President Jimmy Carter, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, country music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, and world-renowned construction and real estate experts Drew and Jonathan Scott.

Jonathan and Drew Scott explain how Habitat is like a toolbox.

Hear more from other supporters

Desmond Tutu
In the same way bricks form the foundation of a home for a family, the gift of a Habitat house provides the foundation for community growth and development. A home is instrumental in breaking the shackles of poverty from one generation to the next.

Sometimes, God looks down on the world, and he says, ‘Why do my children treat each other like this?’ God looks down on the world today and sees you. God smiles because he sees you doing fantastic work.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, patron of Habitat for Humanity South Africa

Jacqueline Fernandez
When I volunteered on Habitat builds, I saw how readily families contributed their own labor. They worked as hard as the volunteers because they were building their own house. At the house dedication, there was no mistaking the joy and pride on their faces. I’ve heard how parents build on the stability of a Habitat home to enable their children to achieve greater strength and self-reliance.

I know these stories are true as I’ve met some of the families myself.
Bollywood actress and Habitat volunteer Jacqueline Fernandez

Deshaun Watson
I remember that first day in the house. Just seeing my mom’s smile, just seeing my little brother and sister. You know, after we got the house, I started separating myself from negative things. I was able to come home and work on my craft as a student and as an athlete. The Habitat house really helped me focus and mature.
Houston Texans quarterback, College Football Playoff National Championship MVP and Habitat volunteer Deshaun Watson

The scope of the problem we address is vast.

Substandard housing covers a hillside in Brazil.

1 in 4 people in the world need decent housing.

  • More than 37 million households in the U.S. 31.5% of all households in the country — are paying more than 30% of their income on housing, according to the 2019 State of the Nation’s Housing report.
  • Ninety percent of cities around the world do not provide affordable housing of adequate quality, according to the World Economic Forum. (Habitat magazine, September 2019)
  • Three-quarters of the world’s population does not have legal documentation of their property rights, according to the World Economic Forum.
  • The World Health Organization says those living in poor conditions “are exposed to greater personal and environmental health risks, are less well-nourished, have less information and are less able to access health care, thus they have a higher risk of illness and disability.”
  • The United Nations estimates that 1 billion people around the world live in informal settlements, and 600 million more do not have adequate housing.
A hillside in Léogâne, Haiti is completely covered in brightly painted, precariously built concrete block houses.

Overcrowding in cities all around the world results in makeshift dwellings and informal communities squeezed into the cracks and margins of vast metropolises.

Exterior of a mobile home with degrading siding and a broken window.

Because of ever-rising and often unpredictable rents,  many parents are forced to make impossible choices about food, health care and education.

A dirt road lined with poorly built houses. In the foreground is an electric utility pole with tangled wires leading to the houses.

An aging house with faulty wiring or a leaking roof doesn’t provide safe shelter, and rundown residences in need of paint and repair don’t make for vibrant neighborhoods with safe streets.

Shot from the dark interior of a building, a panoramic view of a city with skyscrapers in the far distance and substandard housing in the foreground.

More than 80 percent of the world’s population does not have legal documentation of their property rights. That insecure tenure means living with the constant threat of eviction.

A metal faucet pours water into a plastic bucket.

Families around the world who lack access to clean water and proper sanitation experience sickness and sometimes death, with children being the most impacted.

A woman in a parka walks on a snow-covered pathway to a block of large, patchy apartment blocks.

Poorly sealed windows and doors and a lack of insulation lead to exorbitant energy bills for families without the funds or expertise to perform renovations.

A large pile of debris from a home destroyed by a tornado with a deep purple sunset in the background.

Those living in substandard housing are among the most vulnerable when natural disasters strike.

A house in Louisville with boarded-up windows, peeling siding and trash littering the yard.

Whole communities struggle with the instability and lack of opportunity that follow when safe, decent, affordable places to live are hard to come by.

A small, poorly built shack in China, with holes in the walls, no door and a sagging, degrading roof.

Leaking roofs, crumbling walls, mold, dirt floors — all of these contribute to disease and unease in families living in poor conditions.

Overcrowding in cities all around the world results in makeshift dwellings and informal communities squeezed into the cracks and margins of vast metropolises.

Because of ever-rising and often unpredictable rents,  many parents are forced to make impossible choices about food, health care and education.

An aging house with faulty wiring or a leaking roof doesn’t provide safe shelter, and rundown residences in need of paint and repair don’t make for vibrant neighborhoods with safe streets.

More than 80 percent of the world’s population does not have legal documentation of their property rights. That insecure tenure means living with the constant threat of eviction.

Families around the world who lack access to clean water and proper sanitation experience sickness and sometimes death, with children being the most impacted.

Poorly sealed windows and doors and a lack of insulation lead to exorbitant energy bills for families without the funds or expertise to perform renovations.

Those living in substandard housing are among the most vulnerable when natural disasters strike.

Whole communities struggle with the instability and lack of opportunity that follow when safe, decent, affordable places to live are hard to come by.

A small, poorly built shack in China, with holes in the walls, no door and a sagging, degrading roof.

Leaking roofs, crumbling walls, mold, dirt floors — all of these contribute to disease and unease in families living in poor conditions.

We have the unmatched ability to address this need.

A smiling woman stands proudly in front of her house in Texas, repaired by Habitat after a hurricane.

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat has partnered with families for 43 years to build and improve places they can call home.

See some of the families Habitat has partnered with since our founding.

Our work focuses on increasing access to homeownership and housing finance, improving housing affordability and quality, helping communities prepare for and respond to natural disasters, and building strong and resilient neighborhoods.

Habitat’s work today includes:

  • New construction where our houses and work processes are designed for their specific local settings and use locally available materials.
  • Improvement and repair of existing houses. In the U.S., this work is done as part of our neighborhood revitalization efforts. Outside the U.S., we help families build incrementally and help create access to housing microfinance loans. 
  • Advocacy, which advances access to adequate and affordable housing through changes to policies and systems. This includes a campaign called Cost of Home, which aims to change housing policies across the United States to help make housing more affordable.

Habitat works alongside the families who partner with us.

Each family invests their time and effort building their own home and the homes of others. This sweat equity can take many forms — from construction to working in a Habitat ReStore — and includes homeowner classes where families learn about their mortgage, insurance, maintenance, safety and more.

A young woman and an elderly one smile and hug in the doorway of their cheerfully painted Habitat home.

Candeias, Brazil

A woman cries as she embraces a Habitat volunteer inside her finished Habitat home.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

A young woman smiles as she stands inside her home, repaired after Hurricane Irma.

Cape Coral, Florida

In a recently finished room, a young girl in a skirt pulls herself up on a windowsill to look outside into the sunshine.

Warsaw, Poland

A woman and her young son smile in front of the door of their Habitat home.

Portland, Oregon

Volunteers in hard hats pose on a Habitat Global Village build site.

Namobuddha, Nepal

A family of two daughters, a son and their mother beams as the youngest proudly holds up the key to their new house (with a Habitat logo keychain).

Nashville, Tennessee

Candeias, Brazil

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Cape Coral, Florida

Warsaw, Poland

Portland, Oregon

Namobuddha, Nepal

Nashville, Tennessee

We are aided by our volunteer-led model.

A homeowner and two volunteers in Habitat hard hats and t-shirts hug each other on a build site.

Each year, Habitat mobilizes 1.4 million volunteers to build, advocate and raise awareness about the worldwide need for shelter.

Habitat is a global community, with partners from all walks of life who lift their hands, hearts and voices to move our life-changing forward worldwide. Volunteers, donors and families together increase our impact.

Habitat offers a range of different volunteer opportunities.

Hear from our volunteers

I have always felt very clear within myself that this is what I am supposed to be doing. As each attempt to explain myself fell short, I eventually resorted to responding, ‘It doesn’t so much feel like a choice as it does a calling.’
Habitat volunteer Donna Ricca

I had no idea that the to-be residents help to build homes — their home and their neighbors’ homes. Frankly, it’s beautiful. That was the moment I remember feeling empowered. I was a lucky man to be working with men and women all committed to a plan greater than themselves, committed to the idea of community.
Habitat volunteer Dillon Keefe

I’ve been lucky in life to be able to make a good living doing what I love to do. And I figure now it’s my turn to give back. It wasn’t just building, it wasn’t just getting out of the house. There is something bigger involved. And it keeps me coming back.
Habitat volunteer Ted Marstiller

We are built on a foundation of faith.

The idea that became Habitat first grew from the fertile soil of Koinonia Farm, a community farm outside of Americus, Georgia, founded by farmer and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan. Koinonia was established to serve as a “demonstration plot of the kingdom of God.”

While personal faith is not always the motivating factor for all Habitat volunteers, our mission has always been based on the idea that we serve God by serving others. 

Habitat partners with all people — of different faiths or of no faith — whether they are seeking housing or joining us to help.

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Habitat’s global prayer

God, teach us humility so that we may…
listen,
  confess and forgive,
   serve in relationship with the poor,
    persevere in our mission,
     unify as one body with many different parts, and
      act with courage and boldness.
Amen.

Grapevines in a vineyard Koinonia Farm.

Through shelter, we empower.

A young boy stands beaming in front of the Habitat house his family worked to build.

Affordable housing is the foundation on which families and communities thrive.

A decent place to live can remove barriers to opportunity, success and health that might have been a part of a family’s life for years, if not generations.

Better, affordable living conditions lead to improved health, stronger childhood development and give families the ability — and financial flexibility — to make forward-looking choices. Proper shelter creates jobs, revitalizes neighborhoods, attracts employers, increases consumer spending and government revenues, and lowers the risk of foreclosure, all while bringing transformative benefits to families and developing resiliency in communities.

There’s hope that I’ ll be able to help the kids get to colleges or buy their first cars, things that never would have been possible before Habitat.
Habitat homeowner Lorrie
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Significant economic impact

Homeowners in Nepal describe how owning land and homes gave them and their children the opportunity to thrive and grow.

  • Habitat Canada’s work has returned almost $42 million in societal benefits to the community. Research proves that the Habitat homeownership model generates a societal benefit return of $175,000 per family.
  • More than 17,000 low-income families have learned valuable skills about managing their household finances through regional financial education programs.
  • Habitat’s MicroBuild Fund has disbursed $132.53 million in capital to 54 financial institutions serving low-income households and has provided access to better housing for more than 827,000 people in 31 countries.
  • Seventy-four percent of homeowners in Georgia are better able to save money since purchasing their Habitat home, and approximately 71% say they’re better able to pay bills on time.
  • Habitat Charlotte homeowners have contributed $17 million in property taxes since 1983.
  • Greater Green Bay Habitat homeowners pay $268,000 in property taxes each year, adding a total of $11.8 million to the tax base since 1987.
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Long-lasting improvements for families

Habitat homeowners in Zambia describe how stable housing and secure land rights meant they had a safe place to live and for their children to grow up

  • 90 percent of surveyed Habitat homeowners in 44 U.S. cities said they could not have owned a home without help from Habitat.
  • 74 percent of surveyed U.S. Habitat homeowners say their health has improved since moving into their homes. 
  • Families living in the more than 5,000 homes built by Habitat India in the rural interior of Maharashtra have reported a higher standard of living and lower medical bills, thanks to less exposure to weather, insects and predators. 
  • 95 percent of Habitat Cambodia homeowners report reduced stress, and 86 percent report that their children were now able to study at home. 69 percent of families report increased income, with 123 families starting their own microbusinesses.
  • 57 percent of adults in surveyed U.S. Habitat households are furthering their education.
  • Thanks to solar shingles, one Habitat Houston homeowner's electricity bill was reduced to $39 per month. She previously lived in an apartment where her monthly bill often reached $300.
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Positive impact on communities and society

Listen to residents of the Sharswood neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, tell how they’re partnering with Habitat to restore their community to the hub it once was.

  • 800,000 families in Pernambuco, Brazil could benefit from the State Policy on Prevention and Mediation of Urban Land Conflicts that Habitat helped pass in 2015. The public policy provides vulnerable populations with secure land tenure and property rights.
  • A Habitat project partnering with Roma families in Slovakia to improve their living conditions identified that there had been “significant improvement in the health of the community through the provision of safe, clean drinking water.”
  • A survey of Habitat homeowners in Sacramento revealed that 48 percent of families feel more connected to their community.
  • The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says studies show that “homeowners accumulate wealth as the investment in their home grows, enjoy better living conditions, are often more involved in their communities, and have children who tend on average to do better in school and are less likely to become involved with crime.”

Help us today.

Closeup on a rack of hammers in the foreground, as Habitat volunteers work on a build site in the background.

Habitat’s strategic plan supplies the framework for exponentially expanding our worldwide impact so that we can partner with more families to build or improve places to call home.

Our Global Impact Fund supplies the flexible funding for that expansion, which enables us to build impact at the community, sector and societal levels.

Habitat’s Global Impact Fund moves our mission forward by:

  • Leveraging resources to respond to the world’s housing need.
  • Building the capacity of our global network.
  • Investing wisely to sustain our programs through tough economic times.
  • Designing innovative programs that reach ever-growing numbers of families.
  • Practicing good stewardship in order to increase our efficiency and ensure the trust of our generous donors.

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