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About Us

Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia is an independently chartered affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), the largest nonprofit homebuilder worldwide.  

Locally, Our Vision is a city where all Philadelphians live in safe, affordable homes.

Our Mission Statement:

To transform lives and our city by building quality homes in partnership with families in need, and uniting all Philadelphians around the cause of affordable housing. 

Globally, our Vision is 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.

How Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia Works

Our decent, affordable homes are sold to local hard-working, low-income families who demonstrate a need for safe, affordable housing.  

Families qualify for the homeownership program by showing a need for safe, affordable housing and by meeting income criteria.  Before buying a house, they contribute 350 hours of “sweat equity” toward Habitat's projects--building on home construction sites, completing homeowner education courses, and more.  Mortgage principal payments are recycled back to build additional homes through our Fund for Humanity.

Our Weatherization and Home Repair Programs provide critical home repairs and improvements that maintain a home's safety and livability.

Weatherization and Home Repair services help to maintain existing low-income homeowners in their houses, preserving their stability and preventing homelessness and vacancy.  These programs operate on the same principles of family investment, no-interest loans, and volunteer labor.  

Since 1985, Habitat Philadelphia has empowered more than 175 families to achieve their dreams of homeownership and break the cycle of poverty through our Homeownership Program.  Our Weatherization and Home Repair programs have provided services to over 150 families. Habitat Philadelphia focuses its efforts on building and repairing multiple homes in a community rather than scattered houses in different areas. In this way, we can transform entire neighborhoods, one block at a time. 


The Habitat Advantage

Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia does more with its donors' contributions:

  • We leverage public & private dollars.
  • We provide low-income families with an educated homeownership opportunity.
  • Our construction costs are typically lower than other developers, and therefore less City subsidy is required per unit of housing.
  • Habitat homeownership is along the continuum of care for low-income families after affordable rental housing.
  • Habitat provides guaranteed and educated low-income home buyers.
  • Habitat has strong brand recognition -- it has been ranked as the 7th most valuable brand among charities/non-profit organizations.  


History of Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia

Founded by Millard and Linda Fuller in Americus, Georgia, USA, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide. 

Habitat Philadelphia was founded in 1985.  We have built over 170 houses throughout the city, empowering more than 600 individuals to achieve self-sufficiency through homeownership.  We do not build outside of the city of Philadelphia, but there are six other Habitat affiliates in Pennsylvania and New Jersey that serve local areas outside of the City. To find your local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, click here.

Habitat welcomes all volunteers.

Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.

We tithe to support Habitat's work around the world.

Habitat Philadelphia gives a portion of all our donations to Habitat International’s Tithe Program, which encourages Habitat partners to donate a tenth of what they raise in support of building homes in developing countries. Through this global tithe program, Habitat Philadelphia has helped build over 125 homes in Nicaragua and other parts of Central America, in addition to the homes we have built locally.

Non-Proselytizing Policy

Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations (including Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia) will not proselytize. Nor will HFH work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with HFH. This means that HFH will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.