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What We Do

Habitat for Humanity builds houses around the world according to the same guiding principles:

  • Simple

    Our houses are modestly sized. They are large enough for the family’s needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum.

  • Decent

    We only use quality, locally available building materials. Habitat home designs reflect the local climate and culture.

  • Affordable

    The labor of volunteers and partner families, efficient building methods, modest house sizes and no-profit loans make it affordable for low-income families to purchase Habitat houses.

Habitat houses in the United States and Canada are typically built using wood frame construction, Gypsum board interior walls, vinyl siding and asphalt shingle roofs. Some affiliates also use proven alternative building materials such as adobe or straw bale construction.

U.S. and Canadian Habitat houses are modestly sized by North American standards. Habitat’s guidelines dictate that a three-bedroom Habitat house may have no more than 1,050 square feet of living space.

Our commitment to build with people in need extends to those with disabilities. When possible, Habitat houses incorporate basic accessible design features, such as a zero-step entrance and wide passage doors and hallways. Houses built in partnership with families with disabilities include additional accessibility features.

Habitat and the Environment

Habitat is committed to resource- and energy-efficient building practices. Habitat’s Construction Technologies department provides our affiliates with construction techniques that conserve natural resources and reduce long-term costs for Habitat homeowners.

Our Partners & Sponsors

  • Dennis
    Dennis
  • Subway
    Subway
  • The Rose Group
    The Rose Group
  • Sully's Bakery & Bistro
    Sully's Bakery & Bistro
  • Winchesters
    Winchesters
  • Ks Fine Food & Drink
    Ks Fine Food & Drink
  • Rob Stultz
    Rob Stultz
  • Gearig Floors
    Gearig Floors
  • Tinys Dairy Barn
    Tinys Dairy Barn
  • Mark Powers
    Mark Powers
  • Dental Health Assocs
    Dental Health Assocs
  • F&M
    F&M
  • Thank you M&R
    Thank you M&R
  • Concept
    Concept
  • Thank you Ace Hardware
    Thank you Ace Hardware
  • State Bank
    State Bank
  • Blue Ribbon Diner
    Blue Ribbon Diner
  • Thank you The Supply Place at Ace
  • Healthy Habits
    Healthy Habits
  • Marco's Pizza
    Marco's Pizza
  • Sullivan's
    Sullivan's
  • Delta 109
    Delta 109
  • Healthy Spot
    Healthy Spot
  • The Barn
    The Barn
  • The Wings Station
    The Wings Station
  • Pisanello's Pizza
    Pisanello's Pizza
  • Tano's Pizza
    Tano's Pizza
  • Thank you United Way
    Thank you United Way
  • Abbigale Abbot
  • Pahl
  • Thank you NOFP
    Thank you NOFP
  • Thank you Clancy's Cabinets
    Thank you Clancy's Cabinets
  • Thank you Huntington Bank
    Thank you Huntington Bank
  • Thank you DOW
    Thank you DOW
  • Thank you Granite Industries
    Thank you Granite Industries
  • Woodforest
    Woodforest
  • Wauseon
    Wauseon
  • VandK
    VandK
  • USDA
    USDA
  • Open Door
    Open Door
  • NOCAC
    NOCAC
  • MVPO
    MVPO
  • Keils
    Keils
  • Holthues
    Holthues
  • Dave Ramsey
    Dave Ramsey
  • Swanton
    Swanton