+30,000 volunteers mobilised for local & international work
Since 1994, our local work to alleviate housing poverty in Northern Ireland (NI) has focused on reconciliation and building strong, vibrant communities
More than 30,000 volunteers from across Northern Ireland have engaged in practical projects, locally and globally, which break down barriers and help build a shared future.
Our NI team also raise funds for the global mission, focusing support on long-term partnership programmes which offer families a hand-up out of poverty through simple, decent housing.
Housing affordability, empty homes, social exclusion and the legacy of conflict are key issues facing deprived communities and vulnerable people in Northern Ireland.
Almost 40,000 people are on the social housing waiting list and more than 92% of social housing remains single identity. In poverty, division is absolute.
Peace-building remains at the heart of the strategy. We’ve developed innovative partnerships with other organisations to address key issues facing deprived communities and vulnerable groups.
Our team brings to these partnerships 21 years’ experience in community building, construction, and volunteer engagement to support community regeneration. Dozens of empty homes have recently been brought back to life in partnership with Helm Housing, providing new rental homes and a brighter future for local people.
How we tackle housing poverty in Northern Ireland
About Habitat ReStore Habitat ReStores deliver real impacts for the local community. The low-cost DIY stores sells donated new and…
About Habitat ReStore
Habitat ReStores deliver real impacts for the local community. The low-cost DIY stores sells donated new and used building supplies and home improvement materials at 50-75 percent of the normal retail price. As well as raising funds for our work, the stores enable local people to improve their homes for less, provides opportunities for volunteers from different abilities and backgrounds, and diverts tons of reusable waste from landfill.
School and Youth Programs
In Northern Ireland, less than 7 percent of children attend integrated education. Every year Habitat NI’s schools and youth programs provide meaningful opportunities for 500 young people to come together to explore social justice issues and develop new skills. Interactive workshops, working onsite and a fundraising challenge, encourage young people to become agents of change in their own community, helping build a shared future for all.
The powerful, prayerful support of many church partners has underpinned Habitat NI’s work since 1994. In a place where religion so often divides, Habitat provides local and global opportunities to put faith in action and serve others as an individual, congregation or in partnership with other churches. As an inclusive organization, Habitat welcomes people of all faiths and none to engage in its mission.
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