About Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is an international development charity that aims to break the cycle of poverty by eliminating poverty housing and homelessness. 

Every morning 1.6 billion people wake up in appalling poverty. As a result, their health is poor, they struggle to earn a living, buy food or medicine and often cannot afford to send their children to school.

Poverty housing is the ‘mark’ of poverty and it keeps people poor, dependent and vulnerable, for generation after generation.

Habitat for Humanity believes that enabling everyone to have a safe, decent place to live is catalytic in breaking the cycle of poverty. Everyone has a right to clean water, an education or healthcare, and we believe everyone also has a right to a safe, decent home. We champion that right, and to make poverty housing a matter for conscience and action.

But we do more than champion rights: We take practical action. We partner with communities in housing need to find appropriate, permanent, long-term solutions to their particular housing issues.

We do this in such a way as to build the capacity and capabilities of each community, so that they are active participants in the solution to their housing problems and not passive recipients of aid.

They emerge from the process not just with homes, but with the skills and assets to be able to make further positive community-focused changes in their neighbourhood.

Across communities in over 70 countries including Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Habitat for Humanity has assisted more than 3 million people to renovate, repair or build over 600,000 homes since we were formed in 1976. We invite you to join with us, to be part of the solution to poverty housing.