Why We Build


Imagine a world where everyone has a decent affordable place to live

Low-income families help build their own homes alongside Habitat volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage-which leads to an opportunity for better nutrition, better healthcare, better education, better job opportunities, financial stability and a way out of poverty. They achieve the strength, stability and financial independence to build a better life for themselves and their families.

What Are Habitat Houses Like?

Simple, decent and affordable.

Habitat houses around the world are built according to the same 3 guiding principles:

  • Simple: 
    Habitat houses are modestly-sized. They are large enough for the homeowner family's needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum.
  • Decent:
    Habitat for Humanity uses quality, locally-available building materials. Habitat house designs reflect the local climate and culture.
  • Affordable:
    The labor of volunteers and partner families, efficient building methods, modest house sizes and no-profit loans make it affordable for low-income families to purchase Habitat houses.