Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia

2023 Impact Report

Framing the Future

If 2022 was about laying the foundation, 2023 saw us framing the future of Habitat Philadelphia’s impact through strategic growth, innovative program development and purposeful philanthropic engagement. Most importantly, Habitat worked alongside 674 Philadelphians to build wealth, to preserve homes and to strengthen communities.

In FY23 (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023), Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia:

  • Broke ground on two development projects – Page Street and Coltrane Commons – that will transform the lives of 27 first-time homebuyers.
  • Completed 100 critical home repairs in a single year for the first time, keeping more homeowners in their homes and proving our capacity to sustainably scale this core program.
  • Opened a second ReStore on Allegheny Avenue, bringing our community-minded retail model to North Philadelphia and creating a new earned-revenue stream to directly increase our capacity to partner with families in need of affordable housing.

Habitat Philadelphia also celebrated two significant organizational milestones in FY23, marking the 1,000th household served and 250th home sold since our founding in 1985.

The Thompson Family – Joe, a veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Eloise, a longtime social worker – have a new roof, a rebuilt porch, a repaved walkway, new windows, and a new heater in their Hunting Park home, which they’ve shared for two decades and plan to pass on to their children.

Latrece, Dwight and their three children proudly purchased the first completed home at Coltrane Commons, a 21-unit housing development in Strawberry Mansion that includes Habitat Philly’s first-ever multi-family units. With the focus on building more Habitat homes, this multi-family development empowers 11 low-wealth families to achieve their goal of homeownership.

A key area of strategic growth for Habitat Philadelphia is our Home Repair Program. The most affordable home is the one you already live in, and with Philadelphia’s unique confluence of aging housing stock, high instances of poverty, and high percentage of homeownership, home repair is a critical area of focus to help homeowners age in place and create generational wealth for their families.

Over the next three years, we will double the capacity of our repair program, with a goal to complete 200 repairs annually by 2026. With a transformational $4.1 million grant from the William Penn Foundation, we are well-positioned to achieve and sustain this ambitious goal.

Habitat Philadelphia could not achieve its mission without the support of the community. In October, we launched Habitat Day of Giving, a one-day campaign in concert with World Habitat Day. In recognition of the importance of home, 232 donors showed up and raised $107,000 in just 24 hours!

In May, we debuted Home WORKS week, sharing stories that demonstrate the fundamental impact of home – for health, education, and generational wealth. Capping off the week with Building Hope Live, our virtual luncheon, the community came together to raise more than $505,000 to support our homeownership, home repair, and neighborhood revitalization programs.

We continue to work alongside our neighbors, connecting community members with educational resources, pro bono legal services, and advocacy initiatives that will lead to greater opportunity and security for all.

The future is bright for Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia, but challenges persist and there is much work to be done. There are many ways to partner with us on this journey, by volunteering, donating, and advocating for meaningful change. I invite you to stay connected and share our impact.

Thank you for working alongside us to build strength and stability through the power of shelter. Together, we are making a difference, home by home, block by block, for our city and community.

In partnership,

Corinne O’Connell
Chief Executive Officer
Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia

build & repair

102

homes built or repaired in Fiscal Year 2023

16

new homes currently under construction

125

critical home repairs to be completed in Fiscal Year 2024

home WORKS

In 2023, we kicked off our annual Building Hope LIVE celebration with our first-ever Home WORKS Week. This dedicated week showcased how a stable home works to create safer spaces and communities across Philadelphia, because housing touches every aspect of our society. A safe roof overhead allows children to flourish at school, families to grow, and communities to thrive.

On Thursday, May 4, we hammered it home with our finale event, Building Hope LIVE and raised over $505,879 which directly supports our programs. Watch our Then, Now, Next video from the event.

volunteers are essential

At Habitat Philadelphia, we could not do our work without the support of our incredible volunteers. This fiscal year, we worked alongside hundreds of volunteers at our warehouse and build sites and continued the mission of building and repairing more affordable homes in our city.

5,247

volunteer hours

37

build and new construction volunteer events

19

Adirondack chair builds and Warehouse events

 
 

strategic growth

At the start of 2023, the William Penn Foundation awarded our Home Repair Program with a transformative $4.1 million grant. This grant allows us to plan into the future and expand our possibilities. The funds will be disbursed over the next three years and by fiscal year 2026, we will have doubled the number of homes repaired by reaching 200 homes a year!

At Habitat Philadelphia, we know the most affordable home is the one you already live in and our Home Repairs Program allows participants to stay in their homes and hold onto their greatest asset leading to generational wealth.

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economic and educational impact

28

businesses completed Habitat Philadelphia’s Contractor Incubator to work alongside our Build Team

25

financial and legal education workshops conducted for homeowners and neighbors

 
 

the ReStore

The ReStore is Habitat’s discount home improvement store, where we sell new and gently-used furniture, appliances, building supplies, home goods and more. Habitat uses 100% of ReStore profits to build and repair homes in Philadelphia. This fiscal year saw the ReStore on Washington Avenue reach over $1.6 million in sales which helped pave the way for the opening of our second ReStore location in North Philly.

Located at 3111 West Allegheny Avenue, our newest ReStore not only supports Habitat Philadelphia’s programs and families but supports the community as a whole. With a second store available in the city, more residents can shop and donate items, diverting tons of waste away from landfills and allowing residents to purchase items at affordable prices.

shop. donate. volunteer.

65,600

donated items picked up by our ReStore teams this year

27,167

shoppers at the ReStore

$1.6 million

in ReStore sales which go directly to building and repairing more homes in Philadelphia

 
 

advancing black homeownership

In honor of the Black History Month theme of Black Resistance, we interviewed Habitat Philadelphia’s Director of Home Sales and Post-Project Engagement, Rita Calicat, who shared about Habitat for Humanity International’s Advancing Black Homeownership (ABH) Initiative and the impact of the work being done in Philadelphia.

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habitat day of giving

To celebrate the incredible milestone of working alongside the 1,000th family in Habitat Philadelphia’s history, we launched our first-ever Habitat Day of Giving on Monday, October 3, 2022. Our goal was to raise $100,000 in just 24 hours and with the help of 230 amazing donors and four generous challenge gifts, we crushed our goal by raising over $102,186!

Watch the video below featuring Mr. Doug, a Philadelphia homeowner who worked alongside Habitat Philadelphia for critical repairs to his home.

 
 

a global village

Though we focus our work in Philadelphia, we are part of an international Habitat for Humanity network that works worldwide to ensure safe, affordable housing for all.

Habitat Philadelphia currently partners with Habitat Nicaragua, sending a tithe each month to support their work. We contributed $30,000 in fiscal year 2023 and are proud to play a part in serving seven families through this program.

Learn more about the housing need in Nicaragua
 
 

advocacy

We continued to raise our voice for affordable housing and called on our supporters to join us in the effort. Together, we sent 130 messages to elected officials to voice support for the Whole-Home Repairs Program which won a $125 million budget bill in 2022 and a $200 million budget in 2023. Habitat Philadelphia also participated in a state-wide call and gathered at the state capitol for the Harrisburg May Day Rally to advocated for permanent funding for the program.

advocate
 

our habitat family

The Habitat Family is strong and mighty. Everyone – our Habitat homeowners, volunteers, ReStore shoppers, staff members, board members, neighbors, and friends – makes a significant impact on the work we do in our city.

Together, we are framing the future and building a Philadelphia where everyone has a decent place to live. Thank you for your unwavering support. We can’t do it without you!