What We Build
What are Habitat houses like?
Decent and Affordable.
Habitat houses around the world are build to the same three guiding principals:
Habitat for Humanity uses quality, locally-available building materials. A Habitat house design reflects the local climate and culture.
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.
Habitat houses are modestly-sized. They are large enough for the homeowner’s family needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance cost to a minimum. Depending on the size and needs of each homeowner family, Habitat builds or rehabs single family homes that follow either a 3-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom or a 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom design prototype that makes efficient use of living space that functions well for the whole family.
Habitat for Humanity’s commitment to build with people in need readily extends to those with disabilities. When possible, Habitat houses incorporate basic accessible design features, such as a zero-step entrance and wide passage doors and hallways. Houses built in partnership with families with disabilities include additional accessibility features.
A Habitat home is a strong foundation for a family, an opportunity on which they can build a better life. Strong and stable homes help build strong and stable communities.
A Habitat home is a stabilizing force for a family. Better, affordable living conditions lead to improved health, stronger childhood development and the ability — and financial flexibility — to make forward-looking choices.
Through shelter, we empower. A decent place to live and an affordable mortgage help homeowners save more, invest in education, pursue opportunity and have more financial stability.
Your financial support, your time and your voice will help bring independence to families in need of a decent place to live.