Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia is an independently chartered affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), the largest nonprofit homebuilder worldwide.
Locally, our mission is to transform lives and our city by building and repairing homes in partnership with families in need, and uniting all Philadelphians around the cause of affordable housing. Our vision is a city where all Philadelphians live in safe, affordable homes.
Globally, our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Our global 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
We believe that owning a safe, decent, affordable home is a critical factor in empowering families to build brighter futures for themselves. Families qualify for our homeownership and home repair programs by showing a need for safe, affordable housing, by meeting income criteria, and by being willing to contribute "Sweat Equity" work on Habitat's projects. Read more about our affordable housing programs here.
Habitat Philadelphia has served over 500 families since its founding in 1985. We build within the City of Philadelphia. Separate Habitat affiliates serve the areas outside Philadelphia--to find your local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, click here.
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.
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.