Our case for support

Help families build strength and stability.

Sonia, a middle-aged woman in a white sweater with olive skin and graying dark hair, beams happily in front of her gray home with banana trees in the yard.

Sonia's Long Beach, California community befitted from Habitat's Neighborhood Revitalization efforts.

Sonia's Long Beach, California community befitted from Habitat's Neighborhood Revitalization efforts.

Since 1976, Habitat for Humanity has helped more than 46 million people build homes, communities and hope.

The problem is vast.

A row of visibly deteriorating homes with rusting metalwork, crumbling siding and brickwork and weedy lawns.

Muncie, Indiana

Muncie, Indiana

According to UN-HABITAT, 40% of people around the world will live in inadequate housing by 2030 unless they receive assistance from the global community.

Over 37 million households in the U.S. pay more than 30% of their income on housing. More than 1 in 7 of these households pay more than 50% of their income on housing, according to the 2022 State of the Nation’s Housing report.

More than 1.65 million veterans are cost-burdened, meaning the cost of housing is more than 30% of their income, according to the Housing Assistance Council Veterans Data Center.

Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies estimates that 44% of U.S. households need step-free entrances and showers, lever-style handles, or other features to make homes accessible. Unfortunately, fewer than 4% of homes contain sufficient accessibility features for elderly residents or those with moderate mobility disabilities. Only 1% have adequate features for people with more severe disabilities, many of whom are elderly.

A 2021 AARP survey found that 77% of older Americans want to remain in their homes for the long term, and 34% recognize they may need to make physical changes to their house, such as modifying a bathroom or installing ramps in their homes.

At all income ranges, homeownership rates are lower for Black households than for white households. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that the rate of Black homeownership is 45.3%, whereas the rate of white homeownership is 74.6%.

Exterior of a mobile home with degrading siding and a broken window.
A house with deteriorating siding, poor roofing, boarded-up windows and a struggling yard next to a vacant lot, with crumbling asphalt visible in the road in front.
The interior of an aging house with peeling paint, crumbling drywall, debris covering the floor, and the ceiling caving in.
A group of people installs a metal wheelchair ramp in front of a house.

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.

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

Most homes in the U.S. do not meet the accessibility needs of their older residents or those with disabilities.

It can be tough for low-income families to rebuild after a natural disaster, causing them to live in unsafe conditions.

Habitat is uniquely suited to address the problem.

Miracle, a young Black girl with two ponytail puffs and a red plaid shirt, smiles in front of a sunny window.

Miracle’s family built their Habitat home in Washington, D.C.

Miracle’s family built their Habitat home in Washington, D.C.

The idea that became Habitat for Humanity grew from the fertile soil of Koinonia Farm, a community farm outside of Americus, Georgia, that was established to serve as a demonstration plot for the kingdom of God. Historically we are, and we continue to be, a space where people of all races, all faiths and all backgrounds can come together in a common cause. Habitat is uniquely suited and committed to increasing access to affordable, decent housing, and working toward diversity, equity and inclusion both internally and in the communities we serve.

Our work today includes:

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New construction with houses and sustainable work processes designed specifically for their local settings and using locally available materials.

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Improving and repairing existing houses. In the U.S., this work is done as part of our neighborhood revitalization and disaster response efforts.

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Working alongside the families who partner with us and ensuring that each family invests their time and effort into 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.

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Advancing Black homeownership in the U.S., which we are co-developing with local Habitat affiliates, and continuing work in neighborhoods across the U.S. alongside residents and partner organizations to foster equitable, livable and sustainable communities through neighborhood revitalization efforts.

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Advocacy, which advances access to adequate and affordably housing globally by changing policies and systems. This includes the Cost of Home campaign, which aims to make housing more affordable for 10 million people across the U.S., and aligning our work to support the U.N.’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goal 11.

See the results

D'Shawna, a young Black woman, stands proudly with Ariana in the thriving front garden of their pale gray Habitat house.

D’Shawna and Ariana helped to build their Habitat home during a Jimmy & Rosalyn Carter Work Project in Nashville, Tennessee.

D’Shawna and Ariana helped to build their Habitat home during a Jimmy & Rosalyn Carter Work Project in Nashville, Tennessee.

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.

In Greater Cleveland Habitat’s Homeownership Impact Survey, 65% of Habitat homeowners reported better physical health since purchasing their home.

In a 2021 homeownership impact survey, Chatham Habitat for Humanity in Pittsboro, North Carolina found that 80% of children’s grades improved after moving into their Habitat home, and that 41% of adults completed an educational or job training program since becoming Habitat homeowners.

Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley's 2021 Social Impact Study found that 94% of their homeowners now feel safe in their homes, and 98% said that owning a home improved how they felt about themselves.

A 2020 survey of Habitat Greater Sacramento’s first 100 families found that since receiving their Habitat home, 57% of families have more savings, 48% of families feel more connected to the community, and 0% of families previously on food stamps remained on food stamps.

We are aided by our volunteer-led model.

A young Black woman grins while painting the siding of a Habitat home during a Women Build event.

A Habitat volunteer in Lafayette, Louisiana.

A Habitat volunteer in Lafayette, Louisiana.

In FY2022, Habitat mobilized more than 700,000 volunteers to help build, advocate and raise awareness about the global need for shelter.

Hear from our volunteers

Henry, a young Asian man, stands in front of the U.S. Capitol building during Habitat on the Hill.
“I’m just very excited to see the impact that our voices as young people—as our young generation—can make in terms of government policy. Later in life, I would like to advocate for the same policy changes as Habitat for Humanity does, because I truly believe that these policies will make a significant impact on families in the future.”
Henry, a Habitat on the Hill volunteer in Washington, D.C.
“I always remind our crew: Look at the families that we’re building with here. Think about the effect our work will have on the homeowners and the next generation and the next generation.”
Cliff, a Habitat volunteer in Sacramento, California
“I am passionate about affordable housing because it’s one of those things that impacts everything else: finances, health, education. So, while getting one family into affordable housing won’t change the whole world, it will change the world for that family. It’s why I love what I do.”
Liz, a Habitat volunteer in Raleigh, North Carolina

Habitat for Humanity is a global leader.

A young man with a beard in a white hard hat and green t-shirt with a duct-tape nametag reading "Joe."

A Habitat volunteer in Atlanta, Georgia.

A Habitat volunteer in Atlanta, Georgia.

Our work in more than 70 countries and across all 50 states in the U.S. has helped transform the lives and communities of more than 46 million people through housing since 1976.

With the help of more than 700,000 volunteers in the past year, Habitat helped more than 7.1 million people build or improve the place they call home.

FY2022 individuals served

Habitat for Humanity’s strategic plan looks at the number of individuals impacted by our work. We report our work as a mix of households and individuals, and so, to present our figures as individuals, we multiply by five the number of households served by our international work, and we multiply by four (or by two for rehabs) the number of households served by our work in the U.S. and Canada. The data presented here have been through this conversion.

United States and Canada
New & rehab construction 14,888
Repairs 19,092
Total 33,980
Latin America and the Caribbean
New & rehab construction 20,515
Incremental construction 22,685
Repairs 85,965
Professional services 11,695
Market development 1,603,665
Civil society facilitation 8,340
Total 1,752,865
Europe, the Middle East and Africa *
New & rehab construction 5,380
Incremental construction 210,335
Repairs 3,295
Professional services 5,215
Market development 3,058,690
Civil society facilitation 51,755
Total 3,334,670

* In April 2022, Habitat’s Europe, Middle East and Africa office was split, creating an Africa area office and a Europe and Middle East area office. The numbers presented here were tallied before that change and therefore are categorized together.

Asia and the Pacific
New & rehab construction 13,490
Incremental construction 52,840
Repairs 33,185
Professional services 3,375
Market development 994,340
Civil society facilitation 45,005
Total 1,142,235

FY2022 audited consolidated finances

All figures presented are in thousands of dollars. More detail is available in our FY2022 Annual Report.

Chart showing the majority of revenue came from contributions, with less than 10% each from gifts in kind, government grants and other income.
FY2022 source of funds
Revenue type Amount %
Contributions $374,946 83%
Gifts-in-kind $40,648 9%
Government grants $17,459 4%
Other income $16,292 4%
Total revenue $449,345
Pie chart showing that about three-quarters of funds were used for programs, with 19% going to fundraising and 7% to management.
FY2022 use of funds
Expense type Amount %
Program - U.S. affiliates $139,912 46%
Program - International affiliates $69,041 23%
Program - Public awareness and advocacy $17,472 6%
Fundraising $58,663 19%
Management and general $20,922 7%
Total expenses $306,010

Help us today.

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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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