Photography by Ezra Millstein

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry with a vision to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live.



Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.


Brief History

Habitat for Humanity, International, founded in 1976, is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat for Humanity has built or repaired over 800,000 houses around the world, providing more than 4 million people with safe, decent, affordable shelter.

Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses alongside our partner families. Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own "sweat equity" labor into building their own Habitat home and the houses of others. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit, and their monthly payments are recycled back into building more Habitat houses. For more information about Habitat for Humanity International, visit their website.


Non-proselytizing policy

Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations will not proselytize. Nor will HFH work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with HFH. This means that HFH will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.


Today, Habitat has helped build or repair more than 600,000 houses and served more than 3 million people around the world.