Poland

Ul.Mokotowska 55
00-542 Warszawa
Poland

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Country facts:

 

  • Capital city – Warsaw
  • Population 38.3 million
  • Life expectancy – 77.75 years
  • Unemployment rate – 5.5%
  • Below poverty line  5.4%

 

Find more country facts on: CIA The World Factbook – Poland

 

Habitat Facts

  • Habitat started in Poland in 1992.
  • Individuals served in FY2019 –  440
  • Through incremental building – 125
  • Through market development – 315
  • Volunteers hosted in FY2019 – 697

 

The housing need in Poland

Poland lacks about 1.5 million affordable homes. About 14% of Poles live in substandard conditions, and 40%, or 15 million people, live in overcrowded conditions of more than two persons per room.

Most Polish families – 70% -- can’t afford a mortgage. Poland builds too few housing units, while the rent market accounts to only 6% of the total housing stock.

Since 1989, the housing sector has been often neglected in Poland, especially for low-income families. The number of apartments built annually has not improved the situation. With 382 apartments for 1,000 inhabitants, Poland ranks as one of the lowest in the European Union.

 

How Habitat addresses the need

Constructions and renovations

We mobilize financial and material resources as well as volunteers to help families in a difficult housing situation. We also support organizations -- such as homeless shelters, centers for victims of violence, nursing homes for disabled people, orphanages or youth facilities -- helping them to ensure decent living conditions for the most vulnerable.

Housing innovations

We implement innovative model solutions which are a response to housing problems, such as supportive housing solutions through the Social Rental Agency. 

Advocacy and education

We increase public awareness of housing problems and advocate for the improvement of housing policy. Currently, Habitat Poland is advocating for legislative changes to increase access to housing for people most in need with a focus on social rental housing. We promote replicable and scalable solutions to maximize the impact of our activities.

Volunteering

Every year, Habitat Poland mobilizes groups of volunteers both corporate and individuals through Habitat’s Global Village volunteer construction program who build and renovate houses as well as share their competences with the families we help. 

 

What you can do

DONATE

USD$: habitat.org/donate/poland

PLN: habitat.pl/en/donate

VOLUNTEER

Join one of the scheduled Global Village volunteer construction trips to Poland or lead your own. For more information go to: habitat.org/gv

TITHE

Establish a strong and rewarding tithe partnership to help build houses globally.
Quote 813700, POLAND on your checks sent to: Habitat for Humanity International,

Attn: Affiliate Tithe, P.O. Box 6598 Americus, GA 31709-3498.

 

CONTACT

www.habitat.pl

[email protected]

Phone: 00 48 22 642 57 42

 

Travel and Build

Volunteer with Habitat abroad through our Global Village program.

Stories and news

Generations of joy

In 1992, Jerzy and Alicja became the first family to take a leap of faith and partner with Habitat Poland. Because they did, they, their children and their grandchildren are reaping the rewards that come with a stable, affordable home.

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Shelter leads to success

Young people who have aged out of the foster care system need a place to call home as they work to successfully transition into adulthood. With that in mind, Habitat Poland launched an innovative project that it hopes can serve as a model for the rest of the country.

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Coming home after a destructive storm

After their house was damaged during a violent storm, 10-year-old Oliwia and her family couldn’t live in their own home, play in their own yard and pick apples from their trees — until they found Habitat Poland.

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