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People in Philadelphia and all over the world partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With our help, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.Our Impact
In 2022, Habitat Philadelphia was proud to support the Whole Home Repairs Act. After months of organizing and building support, the Whole Home Repairs Act officially passed into the Pennsylvania state budget on July 8, 2022. This new state fund was introduced by Senator Nikil Saval and aims to support critical home repairs and weatherization.
On November 2, 2021 (election day), Philadelphia voters overwhelmingly supported ballot question 4 and secured an annual investment for the Housing Trust Fund. This investment allows 0.5% of the city’s budget, about $25 million, to be used for critical home repairs, homelessness prevention, affordable home production and other housing supports starting this year.
Artist, Psychologist, Licensed Behavior Specialist, mother, wife, and ReStore shopper are just a few titles that describe Lilliana Didovic. Since 2015, Lilliana has been a regular shopper at Habitat Philadelphia’s ReStore on Washington Avenue. Lilliana purchases new and used furniture to transform them into one-of-a-kind pieces of upcycled art.
Joining several other Habitat families in the Germantown neighborhood, the five-bedroom home will welcome an inter-generational family this spring. Home means safety and stability and generational wealth for years to come. While it has been a long journey for the family, a new, decent home will be a long-lasting legacy for both the family and the neighborhood.
A tool used by early 20th century developers, builders and white homeowners; racial covenants prevented African Americans from accessing parts of the residential real estate market across the country. These covenants were obligations put in property deeds that forbade people of color from occupying or owning property.
We celebrated new innovations that empower families to secure the asset of their homes for generations to come. We also looked at the reframing of our Homeownership Program to make home accessible to more, and how we can work alongside the community to enhance the economic impact of the neighborhoods we work in.
Finally, children living in Habitat homes shared what home means to them.
On March 30, 2021, we welcomed Nikkita home at Oxford Green, Habitat’s 20-home community in North Philadelphia. Congratulations on this milestone achievement!
At Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia, our vision of a city where everyone has a decent place to live cannot be achieved without acknowledging the inhumanity endured by people of color for centuries. Racist housing policies such as redlining and restrictive covenants created a racial wealth gap in Philadelphia and throughout the nation. The effects of these policies are still experienced today.
On March 30, 2021, we welcomed Fathia and Ahmed home at Oxford Green, Habitat’s 20-home community in North Philadelphia. Congratulations on this milestone achievement!
On February 25, 2021, Shakerea and her family became Habitat’s 231st homeowners in Philadelphia. Watch some highlights from their socially distanced home dedication
On September 17, 2020, Malika and her family became Habitat’s 226th homeowners in Philadelphia. Watch some highlights from their socially distanced home dedication.
Veteran U.S. Army Ranger Ken moved into his North Philadelphia home two years ago, and immediately knew it was special to the neighborhood. The home stands tall with stone pillars and a gated front yard at the heart of Strawberry Mansion.
On September 17, 2020, Sierra and her family became Habitat’s 225th homeowners in Philadelphia. Watch some highlights from their socially distanced home dedication!
Karima and Ahmed recently became the 224th Habitat Homeowners in Philadelphia. Watch highlights from their socially distanced home dedication.
Sylvia and Ali recently became the 223rd Habitat Homeowners in Philadelphia. Watch highlights from their socially distanced home dedication.
Read our statement and explore resources on race and housing.
Jo Obafemi grew up in Dakar, Senegal—where things there can be hard for an intelligent, ambitious woman like her. For Jo and her four-year-old daughter Gloria, Habitat’s Homeownership Program has been a pathway to stability and growth.
For West Philly resident Ms. Margaret, who lost her legs five years ago, a new accessible bathroom is a life changing home repair.
Juggling jobs and families, most future homeowners complete their sweat equity in 18 to 24 months. Along this journey, they are guided along by some of our most valuable volunteers: Family Advocates.
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Building Hope LIVE is our signature annual event that celebrates community, highlights our work and our partnerships, and shares the success of families with whom we work alongside.