Camilo first heard about Habitat’s work in the early 1990s. At the time, Habitat Mexico was helping families construct safe and durable homes near his village in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas.
Cut off from phone service in this remote area near the Guatemalan border, he frequently made the hours-long journey on horseback to their worksite to check on their progress, learn about Habitat’s construction program and try to convince them to expand their program to his hometown further south.
His persistence paid off in 1995 when Habitat Mexico partnered with Camilo and his wife, Manuela, to build a…
Every day, families partner with Habitat for Humanity to build homes and, as a result, better lives. Over the course of their journey, each family invests hard work and dedication on an intensive path to homeownership. From attending homeowner courses to completing sweat equity hours, each step empowers future homeowners and helps create the access and foster the skills they need to succeed.
Local Habitat affiliates often host information sessions where potential homeowners can learn about their homeownership program. This gives potential future homeowners time to ask questions and make connections. In light of COVID-19, many affiliates made…
It was 1942, and on the outskirts of the rural South Georgia town of Americus, a radical experiment began.
The farm was called Koinonia, and it was to be a first-century version of Christian living in a 20th-century context. It would be a place where everyone — no matter race, gender or wealth — would be welcomed. The guiding principle would be the New Testament concept of koinonia: fellowship, sharing communion.
Koinonia Farm was the culmination of the lifelong passions of farmer and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan. …
A quarter of the people in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, live below the poverty line — the highest rate of any American city.
Compared to other East Coast cities, however, Philadelphia boasts a high homeownership rate, even among low-income families, due to the mass production of row homes for working-class families prior to World War II.
The convergence of these two realities leaves many Philadelphians unable to afford the upkeep of their homes, and deferred maintenance often snowballs into more expensive and serious issues. Dilapidated porches lead to injuries from falls. Leaking roofs spur mold, then asthma. …
Everything Habitat for Humanity does is guided by our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Globally, Habitat for Humanity helps families build or improve a decent, affordable place that they can call home. While our work might look a little different in each of the 70 countries where we have a presence — based on local needs, styles, climate and materials — the elements that make a home “decent” are universal.
An affordable home means a family can cover housing costs and still have ample budget for life’s other
necessities: food, health care, transportation…
Christopher has been in his home for two years now, but some days he still has to pinch himself to confirm it’s real.
“I couldn’t believe it at first,” he says, recalling that celebratory phone call from Habitat Central Arizona letting him know that he and his now 13-year-old son, Matthew, had been accepted.
“I didn’t believe it even when I was going through the process and working on my house.”
After years of substance abuse, the 59-year-old former cabinet maker found healing and sobriety in his faith several years ago. Still, he found it hard to reconcile his past…
A Habitat house starts out as an idea of a place where a family can build a stronger, more stable future.
Plans are dreamed up, designs are put to paper, and that idea gathers momentum with the help of people who help bring it to life. In many communities, the local Habitat joins with the community to design homes. Ideas come from all kinds of places, even a high school classroom.
The house is just the beginning. A common element of all Habitat homes is the solid foundation they provide for families to grow and build brighter futures.
Housing inequality is a primary culprit behind the large racial wealth gap between Black and white households in the U.S.
Mobilizing public and political will to craft and implement remedies necessary for a more just future is critical to rectifying the years of unjust housing policies that continue to impact families today.
Habitat’s Cost of Home campaign provides a vehicle for advocating for anti-racist housing and land use policies at the local, state and federal levels. …
In the U.S. capital, Shawnee beams with pride as her 9-year-old daughter, Miracle, practices her splits and tumbles in the living room of their new townhome in the new Towns at Ivy City development in the historic northeast Ivy City neighborhood.
Her three children are happier here, she says, thanks in large part to the space that the home affords. “It’s space to feel comfortable. To achieve more, faster,” says Shawnee, who is going back to school to become a registered nurse. “And it’s space we can call our own.”
Written by Juanita, an affordable housing advocate and Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity homeowner since 1995. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and five children.
Five of our seven family members are considered essential workers.
I provide administrative support to the Center for Pediatric Obesity Medicine at the University of Minnesota. My husband, Jacques, works at the Minnesota Veteran’s Home. My oldest son does research at the University of Minnesota. My youngest son works in environmental services for a hospital. Another son works nights, and often overtime, at a grocery store.
Every day we leave the safety and comfort…