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Habitat Capital

Through Habitat Capital, Habitat helps our U.S. affiliates build homes and provide affordable mortgages. Habitat Capital creates and provides financial services and capital that enable equitable homeownership opportunities and affordable housing solutions for underserved people. By helping to remove barriers to homeownership, Habitat Capital helps foster vibrant and diverse communities.  

The need

The need for affordable homeownership only continues to grow. Though Habitat for Humanity International provided lending support to affiliates for years prior, we officially established Habitat Capital in 2017 as a community development financial institution to address critical barriers, including:

Our approach

Habitat Capital supports Habitat affiliates’ work as affordable-mortgage lenders, homebuilders, sellers and partners for housing and community solutions. We serve a network of independently operated Habitat affiliates working in communities across all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

Habitat Capital’s work:

  • Provides low-cost, flexible capital to support affiliates’ work as nonprofit real estate developers and homebuilders.
  • Supports the development of affordable mortgage financing and secondary market options.
  • Helps affiliates produce and offer more compliant, higher-quality mortgages.
  • Increases our affiliates’ ability to serve more households.

Habitat Capital comprises two primary lines of business: our mortgage origination platform and our commercial lending and mortgage financing.

Mortgage origination platform

Our mortgage origination platform supports Habitat affiliates in their work as residential mortgage lenders by assisting with the processing, underwriting and closing functions of the mortgage origination process. The platform’s technology — combined with access to seasoned, licensed mortgage professionals — provides affiliates an efficient, low-cost solution to produce higher quality mortgages for low- and moderate-income families and underserved communities.

Commercial lending and mortgage financing

We extend short-, medium- and long-term capital, allowing Habitat affiliates to acquire land, finance home construction, and partner with communities to build or preserve affordable housing and community facilities.

We offer several types of products, including:

  • Predevelopment loans.
  • Acquisitions loans.
  • Construction loans.
  • Mini-perm loans.
  • Bridge loans.
  • Working capital.
  • New market tax credits.

In addition, we work to provide permanent financing through programs that enable third-party financing, mortgage loan securitization and sale.

Our impact

For more than 20 years, Habitat for Humanity International, through Habitat Capital and related entities, has provided more than 820 loans to more than 350+ Habitat affiliates awarding more than US$400 million in loans, supporting more than 15,000 households achieving affordable homeownership.

Our successful partnerships

Below are examples of successful loans we have provided:

Austin Habitat architectural illustration of house
Austin Habitat for Humanity

Austin, Texas
Loan amount: US$1.85 million
Loan use: Acquisition
Project type: Affordable, single-family and condos

Photo of Chipola Area Habitat house with green front yard
Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity

Marianna, Florida
Loan amount: US$400,000
Loan use: Infrastructure and site development 
Project type: Affordable, single-family

Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln ReStore building
Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska
Loan amount: US$300,000
Loan use: Working capital
Project type: Habitat ReStore

Mclean County Habitat house during construction
Habitat for Humanity of McLean County

Bloomington, Illinois
Loan amount: US$200,000
Loan use: Construction
Project type: Affordable, single-family

Habitat New York and Westchester County joint development Sydney House in the Bronx
Habitat for Humanity New York City and Westchester County

New York, New York 
Loan amount: US$2,100,000
Loan use: Bridge/construction
Project type: Affordable condominiums 

Habitat Portland affordable townhomes architectural illustration
Habitat for Humanity Portland Region

Portland, Oregon​​​​​
Loan amount: US$2 million
Loan use: Construction
Project type: Affordable townhomes

Discrimination Policy

As a recipient or potential recipient of federal financial assistance, this organization is prohibited from discriminating against program participants because of their race, sex, color, national origin, disability or age. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination under Title VI, you may file a complaint at [email protected] within 180 days following the alleged discriminatory action.

Language Assistance Policy 

Habitat Capital is dedicated to providing language assistance to ensure that affiliates and the individuals they serve with limited English proficiency have equal access to its services and products. This commitment aligns with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which emphasizes nondiscrimination in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. Read more about our Language Assistance Policy.