Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian charity. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action worldwide.
Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.
Habitat has built and renovated more than 300,000 homes around the world, providing more than 1.5 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. HFHI was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his wife, Linda.
Where we work
Habitat for Humanity works in nearly 100 countries and more than 3,000 communities worldwide. Local affiliates or community groups are supported by national, regional and area offices which provide training, information resources and oversight.
Check out our where we build section for more information.
Habitat in Europe and Central Asia
In Europe and Central Asia, Habitat works in 20 countries, building and repairing homes, offering microcredit home-improvement loan, improving water and sanitation, working on disaster response and advocating for affordable housing, all with families in need. In this region Habitat has served more than 7,000 families to date together with volunteers and homeowners.
Habitat’s Europe and Central Asia regional headquarters are in Bratislava, Slovakia.
How does it work?
Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses.
Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor—sweat equity—into building their Habitat home and the homes of others.
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