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.
Habitat for Humanity is a global leader.
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.
FY2019 individuals servedHabitat’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
|New & rehab construction||16,320|
Latin America & the Caribbean
|New & rehab construction||35,345|
Europe, Middle East & Africa
|New & rehab construction||3,860|
|Civil society facilitation||3,275|
Asia & the Pacific
|New & rehab construction||38,055|
|Civil society facilitation||1,180,010|
FY2019 consolidated financial informationAll figures presented in thousands of dollars.
Source of funds
Use of funds
|Program - U.S. affiliates||$121,512||42%|
|Program - international affiliates||$85,843||30%|
|Program - public awareness and advocacy||$16,647||6%|
|Management and general||$14,986||5%|
FY2018 combined financial informationAs 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:
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
|Management and general||$178 million||9%|
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.’
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.
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.
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.
Habitat’s global prayer
God, teach us humility so that we may…
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.
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.
Significant economic impact
- 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.
Long-lasting improvements for families
- 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.
Positive impact on communities and society
- 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.
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.