A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Our Mission Statement
Seeking to put God’s love into action; Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
- Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.
- Focus on shelter.
- Advocate for affordable housing.
- Promote dignity and hope.
- Support sustainable and transformative development.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity has served more than 9.8 million people worldwide.
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, nongovernmental, ecumenical Christian housing organization currently working in over 70 countries. It seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness by making safe shelter a matter of conscience and action. To accomplish this vision, Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.
The United Nations’ (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 and 12 additional UN texts explicitly recognize the right to adequate housing as an integral part of the right to an adequate standard of living. The declaration states; “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing…”
Habitat’s work has the greatest affinity to the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11: “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”, and addresses the goal’s ten sub-targets; By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums; By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons; By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries; Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage; By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations; By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management; By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities; Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning; By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, holistic disaster risk management at all levels; Support least developed countries, including through financial and technical assistance, in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials.
For over four decades, Habitat for Humanity works toward our vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with people and families in need of a decent and affordable home. Our work supports the Sustainable Development Goals which call for action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Habitat also has made our own commitments to implement the New Urban Agenda—to reduce poverty and to foster more sustainable cities.