News and Events

Developing Partnerships and Mutual Understanding When Working on Overseas Projects

Charities Management, April 29, 2024 Edit

Dr Henrietta Blackmore, national director at Habitat for Humanity Great Britain, discusses the Habitat’s UK operations alignment to the global model and recent changes for sending volunteers overseas.

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Habitat for Humanity’s Solid Ground programme: Grace’s Story

Comic Relief, April 9, 2024 Edit

Learn how Comic Relief funded programme, Habitat for Humanity Solid Ground, is helping communities like Grace’s improve their homes against floods.

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Empty Spaces to Homes Toolkit: Fundraising & Communications Webinar

Habitat for Humanity Great Britain, March 28, 2024 Edit

The first session of our exclusive webinar series dedicated to revolutionising charity housing initiatives. Our first webinar ‘Fundraising & Communications’ delves into the vital aspects of financing and promoting Empty Spaces to Homes projects.

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Providing Shelter for Ukraine’s Displaced Women and Children

France 24, March 8, 2024 Edit

In an exclusive interview on FRANCE 24’s International Women’s Day special, Dr. Henrietta Blackmore, National Director at Habitat for Humanity GB, reveals the organisation’s initiatives addressing the crucial needs of Ukrainian women and children forced to flee amid Russia’s two-year invasion. 

 

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Our Partnership with Leo Lion Foundation

Leo Lion Foundation, February 7, 2024 Edit

Our partnership with them began in 2008 when they funded our Orphans and Vulnerable Children project in Uganda, Mozambique and Zambia.

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Rethinking Commercial to Residential Conversions

APPG for Housing Market and Housing Delivery & APPG for Ending Homelessness, February 2, 2024 Edit

There is a desperate need for more affordable housing. This is disproportionately impacting low-income households and is a core driver of homelessness. A lack of supply results in rising rents, less choice at the lower end of the market and fewer options for those moving out of homelessness.

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Vote for Us in the Discount Promo Codes Charity Poll this February!

Habitat for Humanity Great Britain, January 25, 2024 Edit

Vote for us today and join our community in making a difference, every vote brings us closer to transforming lives through shelter. Thank you for your support!

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Daliso Chaponda Presents Our BBC Radio 4 Appeal

Habitat for Humanity Great Britain, January 17, 2024 Edit

Comedian Daliso Chaponda presents our BBC Radio 4 Appeal, highlighting Tasila’s story. Airing on Sunday 21st January at 07:54am and 21:25pm GMT and again on Thursday 25th January at 15:27pm GMT. 

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Webinar – Building Healthier Homes in Malawi

Habitat for Humanity Great Britain, January 15, 2024 Edit

Building Healthier Homes in Malawi is an exclusive free online event designed for our supporters, join us on February 2nd at 12:30pm GMT to learn about the impact of our work.

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Christmas Charity Appeal Films for 2023: Part 2

UK Fundraising, December 20, 2023 Edit

Habitat for Humanity Great Britain’s Christmas video appeal tells the story of the ‘forgotten homeless’. The short film in collaboration with poet Tomfoolery asks how “we could just walk past and ignore” those sleeping rough on the streets of Britain.

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National Director Of Habitat For Humanity Great Britain Appointed

National Director Of Habitat For Humanity Appointed, November 29, 2023 Edit

Henrietta Blackmore has been recruited as Habitat for Humanity’s national director. Blackmore succeeds Tum Kazunga, who was appointed CEO of Habitat for Humanity in 2018.

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Will Our High Streets Crumble Under The Pressure Of Empty Properties?

Business Matters Magazine, November 7, 2023 Edit

Habitat for Humanity (Great Britain) estimated that around 7,000 commercial properties owned by local authorities across England, Scotland, and Wales had been vacant for more than 12 months by 2020. 

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Are Empty Offices The Answer To UK’s Housing Crisis?

Big Issue, September 12, 2023 Edit

While ministers are pondering their next move, Habitat for Humanity Great Britain (HFHGB) is trying to use the transformation of commercial properties into homes as a scalable solution to the housing crisis.

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Protecting Communities Against Flood Risk

University of Cambridge, July 13, 2023 Edit

Recognising the need to understand risk and to build resilience globally, Habitat for Humanity has been working with the University of Cambridge since March 2022 on the implementation of a project to build community resilience against flood hazards in urban areas of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia…

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Toolkit Urges Councils To Convert Empty Buildings Into Homes For Care Leavers

Children and Young People Now, June 22, 2023 Edit

A toolkit and app have been launched to help local authorities, charities and community-based organisations convert vacant commercial

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Retrofitting Vacant Council-Owned Spaces Into Affordable Housing

Architect's Journal, June 22, 2023 Edit

Councils are sitting on ‘enough empty property for 19,500 affordable homes’.

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Converting Disused Offices and Retail Spaces

The Evening Standard, June 20, 2023 Edit

Habitat for Humanity sets sights on converting disused offices and retail to homes.

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Transforming Empty Flats for Young People

The Havering Daily, June 16, 2023 Edit

Barking and Dagenham Council partner with Habitat for Humanity GB to transform empty flats for young people leaving care.

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Fair access to proper housing can boost economic growth – report

Reuters, May 15, 2023 Edit

Providing equitable access to appropriate housing in slums and other informal settlements could massively increase economic growth…

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The Importance Of Devolving Power In The International Charity Sector

Civil Society, April 6, 2023 Edit

Chief executive of Habitat for Humanity GB, Tum Kazunga, speaks about the importance of devolving power in the international charity sector, and barriers to entry.

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The Real World Podcast

Davitt Jones Bould, February 20, 2023 Edit

An interview with Director of Development, Tessa Kelly, as part of Davitt Jones Bould podcast, The Real World.

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Habitat for Humanity Great Britain Issues Statement on the Turkey-Syria Earthquake

Habitat for Humanity Great Britain, February 7, 2023 Edit

Two strong earthquakes hit southern Turkey and northern Syria on Monday, February 6th 2023, with dozens of aftershocks felt across the region. The earthquake is the strongest to hit Turkey since 1939.

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Britain’s cost-of-living crisis worsens as rents soar.

CNBC, August 10, 2022 Edit

Article on the cost of living crisis. Featuring Tum Kazunga, CEO at Habitat for Humanity Great Britain.

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We helped renovate a womens’ refuge!

Paprika Software, August 4, 2022 Edit

Paprika Software volunteers support renovation works at a womens’ refuge.

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New York Times

New York Times, July 23, 2022 Edit

Bamboo Is a Salve for Impoverished Nepal – An article on the power of bamboo for housing in Nepal.  

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World Refugee Day

Habitat for Humanity, June 19, 2022 Edit

A thought piece by Habitat for Humanity Great Britain’s CEO, Tum Kazunga on the importance of housing in a refugee crisis.

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New Business: Cloverhut Partnership

NewBusiness.co.uk, April 27, 2022 Edit

Online raffle organisation, Cloverhut, launches a partnership to support Habitat for Humanity Great Britain.

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Ukraine Crisis: Statement from Tum Kazunga

Habitat for Humanity Great Britain, February 28, 2022 Edit

Habitat for Humanity Great Britain’s appeal features in the ‘UK Fundraising list of appeals launched for Ukraine.’

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Fundraising appeals launched for Ukraine

UK Fundraising, February 27, 2022 Edit

Habitat for Humanity Great Britain’s appeal features in the ‘UK Fundraising list of appeals launched for Ukraine.’

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CAF: Ukraine Crisis Response Charities Listed

CAF Online, February 27, 2022 Edit

How to donate to charities supporting Ukraine’s Refugees as curated by Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)

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UK Fundraising: Fundraising appeals launched for Ukraine

UK Fundraising, February 27, 2022 Edit

Habitat for Humanity Great Britain’s appeal features in the ‘UK Fundraising list of appeals launched for Ukraine.’

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12 great corporate fundraising partnerships

UK Fundraising, December 22, 2021 Edit

Habitat for Humanity GB features in UK Fundraising’s blog ’12 great corporate fundraising partnerships.’

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MyLondon: Empty Spaces

My London, December 8, 2021 Edit

Blackstone Real Estate’s supporting the Empty Spaces project with Habitat for Humanity Great Britain.

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New partnership with Blackstone Real Estate

Habitat for Humanity Great Britain, November 28, 2021 Edit

A new partnership with Blackstone Real Estate

New house and home partnership.

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Habitat for Humanity Launch their Christmas Appeal for 2021

Habitat for Humanity Great Britain, November 20, 2021 Edit

Habitat for Humanity GB’s Christmas appeal focusses on land and housing rights in Zambia. Donations made are being generously doubled by COINS Foundation.

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New partnership with Whirlpool UK

JMM, November 16, 2021 Edit

A new partnership with Whirlpool UK

New house and home partnership.

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Join the Retrofit Conversation

Habitat for Humanity Great Britain, November 11, 2021 Edit

Habitat for Humanity’s COP26 Side Event

Towards net zero cities through green retrofit/renovation of empty spaces.

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New coalition to turn empty spaces into affordable homes

Cities Today, October 12, 2021 Edit

Empty Spaces to Homes Coalition

The Empty Spaces Coalition has been brought together by charity Habitat for Humanity Great Britain and investment firm M&G.

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Homes for Scotland’s Nicola Barclay named Habitat for Humanity GB board chair

Scottish Housing News, July 5, 2021 Edit

Nicola Barclay, chief executive of Homes for Scotland, appointed as chair of Habitat for Humanity Great Britain’s board of trustees

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Insider view: Nicola Barclay, chief executive of Homes for Scotland

The Scotsman, June 10, 2021 Edit

Nicola Barclay, chief executive of trade body Homes for Scotland, and trustee at Habitat for Humanity Great Britain, outlines her personal philosophies

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Vacant commercial premises could provide up to 200,000 homes for the vulnerable, says Habitat for Humanity

Property Funds World, June 4, 2021 Edit

Habitat for Humanity Great Britain, a charity focused on long-term poverty alleviation through affordable, social housing, has partnered with leading savings and investment company, M&G plc (M&G), to unveil exciting new research outlining how homelessness can be addressed by repurposing vacant commercial property around the UK.

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Empty council properties add up to 19,500 homes

The Times, June 3, 2021 Edit

Councils in Britain own commercial or retail buildings that have been empty for more than a year and could be converted into 19,500 homes.They also own 24,000 empty homes that could help ease the housing crisis, according to a report by Habitat for Humanity, a housing charity, and M&G investments.

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CALA assists Habitat for Humanity’s COVID-19 relief project in India

Scottish Construction Now, April 19, 2021 Edit

CALA Group has partnered with Habitat for Humanity Great Britain to help support the charity’s COVID-19 relief work in India.

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Bamboo seen as ideal building material for sustainable homes

Business World, March 16, 2021 Edit

Base Bahay foundation is aiming to build 10,000 cement-bamboo frame houses in Negros Occidental, with partners, Habitat for Humanity and HILTI Foundation.

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Habitat for Humanity calls for ShelterTech accelerators applicants in SEA to disrupt the affordable housing space

Digital News Asia, October 14, 2020 Edit

NGO Habitat for Humanity recently announced that its Terwilliger Centre for Innovation in Shelter is taking applications for ShelterTech accelerators in Southeast Asia.

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Habitat for Humanity partners with Miller Homes to help rebuild Beirut

Property Funds World, October 12, 2020 Edit

In response to the devastating explosion in the Port of Beirut in August, Miller Homes has partnered with Habitat for Humanity Great Britain to help rebuild the Lebanese capital.

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Miller homes raises £500k for Habitat for Humanity

The Negotiator, March 24, 2020 Edit

Miller Homes has raised £500,00 for people in poverty worldwide in support of its corporate charity partner, Habitat for Humanity Great Britain.

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CALA announces partnership with Habitat for Humanity Great Britain

Scottish Housing News, December 13, 2019 Edit

CALA announces partnership with Habitat for Humanity Great Britain.

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The Habitat for Humanity Build Jimmy Carter Called His Favorite

Reader’s Digest, November 1, 2019 Edit

You’d think that being president of the United States would be the pinnacle of anyone’s life. For James (Jimmy) Earl Carter, Jr., it was just one stop on a very long train ride, filled with powerful, good deeds and gentle influence.

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Opinion: Realizing the right to housing amid urban challenges

Devex, August 8, 2019 Edit

By Enid Madarcos, Asia-Pacific urban policy manager, Habitat for Humanity International

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Working but homeless: a tale from England’s housing crisis

Financial Times, December 18, 2018 Edit

By converting an old Quakers house, Habitat for Humanity is tackling homelessness in a wealthy town.

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Volunteers’ stories: helping Habitat for Humanity change lives

Financial Times, December 14, 2018 Edit

In a series of moving accounts, four people share their experiences of building homes for those in need.

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Too cold to live in: how Habitat for Humanity is helping families in Macedonia are rebuilding their homes

Financial Times, December 11, 2018 Edit

Heating an apartment can cost up to half the average salary — but Habitat for Humanity is helping to fix that.

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A fixed abode: How US retirees are helping Cambodia’s poor

Financial Times, December 6, 2018 Edit

Habitat for Humanity has repaired and built houses for more than 70,000 households in the country.

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How Kenyan women are changing their lives with a new way to buy homes

Financial Times, December 4, 2018 Edit

Female customers who could not afford to buy houses can now build them with a loan scheme.

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Martin Wolf and FT writers: what home means to me

Financial Times, November 29, 2018 Edit

A selection of personal stories for the FT’s Seasonal Appeal in support of Habitat for Humanity.

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Giving hope: how to help ‘working poor’ US families build a home

Financial Times, November 27, 2018 Edit

In Arizona, Habitat for Humanity is creating safe and decent housing for people in need.

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Habitat for Humanity: the key facts

Financial Times, November 22, 2018 Edit

How a global charity helping to ease poverty and eradicate poor housing was born.

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FT editor Lionel Barber introduces the Seasonal Appeal

Financial Times, November 22, 2018 Edit

This year, FT is supporting Habitat for Humanity, and showcasing the global housing charity’s work in a series of inspiring stories.

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Beirut: when home is a refugee camp

Financial Times, November 22, 2018 Edit

Lebanon has the highest number of refugees per capita in the world. Chloe Cornish reports.

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In their footsteps: a walk through a Beirut refugee camp

Financial Times, November 20, 2018 Edit

Fourteen-year-old Mariam leads the way through the 1 square km Burj al-Barajneh camp, home to over 18,000 people including Syrian refugees and Palestinians.

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Shortlists for the Business Charity Awards include big-name brands

Third Sector, March 29, 2017 Edit

Miller Homes with Habitat for Humanity GB shortlisted in Charity partnership – property and construction.

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