Local affiliates are community-based Habitat for Humanity organizations that serve a specific area in partnership with, and on behalf of, Habitat for Humanity International. Each affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area, including fundraising, building site selection, partner family selection and support, house construction, and mortgage servicing.
Affiliates are formed by groups of concerned citizens who want to address the problem of poverty housing in their communities. After the community's needs and resources are evaluated to determine the potential success of Habitat's model, the group applies to Habitat for Humanity International for formal affiliation. Although affiliates operate within the framework of the Habitat Affiliate Covenant, they remain independently run nonprofit organizations. There are currently more than 1,500 local affiliates in the U.S - including 37 in Wisconsin - and 550 international affiliates, building homes in over 3,000 communities throughout the world.