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We build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. 

Our Story

Habitat for Humanity Australia is part of Habitat for Humanity, an international not-for-profit which originated in Georgia, United States in 1976. Habitat for Humanity began as a grassroots effort driven by the vision of a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. The housing organisation has since grown to become a leading global non-profit working in more than 70 countries. Since then it has been our mission to build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.

Worldwide, Habitat has helped more than 35 million people access safe and decent housing,  along with access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and livelihood training to build better lives. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families build a better tomorrow, today. Through shelter, we empower.

Our Vision and Mission

Our Vision is “a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.”. 

Our mission is to demonstrate God’s love in action by mobilising partner families, volunteers and corporate partners to provide appropriate housing solutions in sustainable communities. At Habitat for Humanity Australia, we believe a decent home provides much more than bricks and mortar. It’s the foundation for the future, giving families the opportunity to be healthier, happier and more secure, and leads to stronger communities that can grow and sustain themselves.

We believe it all starts at home

At Habitat for Humanity Australia, we believe a stable, secure home creates the foundation for change. A safe home gives people the opportunity to be healthier, happier and more secure, and for children to be better nourished and better educated. We believe building a decent home provides much more than bricks and mortar – it provides real hope for the future.

Building a house for one family, changes the lives of so many more. For around AUD$5,000*, we can build a house for an entire family.

*The average cost of building a new home in one of our Asia-Pacific countries.

We provide a hand-up, not a hand-out

We don’t give hand-outs; we give people hand-ups by building homes in partnership with families in Australia and overseas. We work with the most vulnerable families to build new homes transforming lives, and support development of housing finance and construction markets so that more working poor families can access affordable and safe housing.

We do more than just build houses

We not only build homes, we build communities. We address water supply and sanitation issues and in some communities provide health and educational services – like teaching financial literacy and livelihood training. This is vital knowledge communities can share with others. It’s a ‘pay it forward’ model and the beginning of generational change.

Read our stories

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