Habitat homes, like these in Portland, Oregon, are made using quality, locally available building materials. No matter where they are built, Habitat homes are designed to meet the homeowner families’ needs while keeping costs as affordable as possible.
In Zambia, Habitat homes are made with sturdy, concrete block construction and roofs that have been securely fastened. Many families previously lived in substandard houses made of mud, which would swell with excess water and often collapse during the rainy season.
Since 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 cozier and energy-efficient.
In addition to building new homes, Habitat rehabilitates existing homes as part of our neighborhood revitalization efforts, like these in Los Angeles, California.
In Nepal, where earthquakes are common, Habitat partners with the national government to unlock housing funds for low-income families and disaster-affected people to help communities build and recover.
In addition to responding to disasters, Habitat provides preventative support and information for disaster-prone areas to help reduce the impact of hazards when they do strike. For households like those in Missouri, this comprehensive approach can help them be prepared for dangerous situations.
Many children in Lesotho have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. To help alleviate the overcrowded and unhealthy living conditions that often result, Habitat helps build two-room homes with safe sanitation facilities that house vulnerable groups like orphans and the elderly.
Access to land and security of tenure is one of the biggest challenges for families around the world seeking adequate housing. In addition to building houses in Cambodia, Habitat empowers residents as they advocate and raise awareness for secure land tenure, helping families stay housed and improve their living conditions.
Many people in Mexico live in inadequate housing, such as shelters with dirt floors or roofs made of debris. Through Habitat, families can acquire higher-quality materials for building, repairing and improving housing.
With help from Habitat, Argentinian families build starter homes that they can improve over time in affordable stages. This allows households to make critical upgrades that boost their quality of life right away.
Constructing affordable housing side-by-side on a Habitat build site brings families and volunteers together to strengthen the community and create new ties, like the ones forged in this Fort Worth, Texas, neighborhood.
In Kenya, Habitat builds houses and also provides solutions that benefit entire communities, including water and sanitation solutions and construction other community infrastructure.
Whether working in Mississippi or Macedonia, Habitat builds — and rebuilds — to give families a brighter future, communities a stronger foundation and hope a place to flourish.
The Philippines experiences frequent seismic activity and tropical cyclones. That’s why Habitat works to help neighborhoods build back stronger and more resilient to these types of disasters.