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Through shelter, we empower

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 29 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.

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$3,000*, we can build a house for an entire family.

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

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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

Volunteer Kavana | Bushfire Recovery

The very hands-on nature of Habitat NSW’s Bushfire Recovery Programme has been an unexpected pleasure for volunteer Kavanar, who is an architect and town planner. “I have more experience at providing plans than actual hands on work,” she says. “But I love it.  Gathering all the fallen branches and then burning them, and seeing the […]

Volunteer Gracie | Brush With Kindness

We had the pleasure of having Gracie join one of our community Brush with Kindness Days where she helped paint a Sydney based women’s transitional shelter for women and children escaping domestic violence. Gracie found out about us (Habitat for Humanity Australia) through friends who have volunteered with Habitat in Malaysia. Habitat has been on […]

Volunteer Cam | Bushfire Recovery

Cam had been aiming to take a six-month break from his third-year University course, until COVID-19 scuppered his travel plans. Now he’s staying closer to home, volunteering on Habitat NSW’s Bushfire Recovery Programme in the Blue Mountains, less than 10 minutes from where he lives. “Even if you can make a small difference in someone’s […]

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