Seeking to put god's love into action, habitat for humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
$116m annual program spend • Domestic In fiscal year 2018, Habitat for Humanity engaged approximately 1.4 million volunteers to build, advocate and raise awareness about the global need for shelter. Those volunteers worked alongside 3.5 million people as they improved the places they call home. Habitat for Humanitys training and advocacy gave an additional 3.2 million people the potential to improve their housing conditions. In the U.S. and Canada, Habitat served more than 30,000 individuals through new construction, home rehabilitation and repairs. Other examples of Habitats work in the U.S. and Canada include: - The 10th annual National Women Build Week challenged women to devote at least one day during the week of May 6-14 to help build affordable housing in their communities. More than 17,000 women volunteered at 300 host sites across the nation, building or repairing over 600 homes. - Habitat responded to a variety of natural disasters in fiscal year 2017. After flooding in Louisiana, Habitat dispatched Mobile response units to flooded areas, and Disaster Corps volunteers helped the 25 affected Habitat affiliates begin the recovery process while increasing their ability to host and manage an influx of volunteers. As a result of the work to rebuild and repair 160 homes, 640 people were able to remain in their homes and communities. - Habitats neighborhood revitalization work raised and distributed $1.26 million to its affiliates working to improve neighborhoods. These grants were used in a wide range of areas, including construction, repair, rehabilitation and education. - Habitats Veterans Build provides volunteer, homeownership and employment opportunities to U.S. veterans, military service members and their families. During fiscal year 2017, 73 Habitat affiliates joined the Veterans Build network, as the local organizations integrated service to the veteran community into their existing work. - In Canada, 56 Habitat affiliates engaged 70,000 volunteers in fiscal year 2017. More than 1,400 of those volunteers traveled with Global Village Canada to build homes within the nation and abroad.
$67.0m annual program spend • International Habitat for Humanity International works in nearly 70 countries alongside national Habitat organizations and other partners to expand access to decent, affordable housing. The international work is grouped administratively into three geographic areas: Asia and the Pacific; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Europe, Middle East and Africa. In Asia and the Pacific, 90,155 people worked with Habitat on new construction, rehabilitations, incremental construction and repairs. An additional 33,490 individuals benefited from preconstruction or design services provided by Habitat professionals for specific projects. Other significant accomplishments in the area include: * Habitat Australia and Habitat New Zealand helped more than 7,000 families affected by Cyclone Winston by providing them with emergency shelter kits. Programs to aid in the recovery included cyclone retrofitting for homes, repairs of houses, and repairs to water and sanitation facilities. * Through the Sensitise to Sanitize coalition, 174,952 household latrines were built to serve 858,301 individuals in India. In Latin America and the Caribbean, 125,320 individuals worked alongside Habitat on new construction, rehabilitations, incremental construction and repairs. An additional 32,100 people benefited from preconstruction or design services provided by Habitat professionals for specific projects. Other significant accomplishments in the area include: * Under the United States Agency for International Development ("USAID") funded Land Administration and Management Program, Habitat for Humanity collaborated with the Haiti Property Law Working Group to improve Haiti's land tenure system. Through an extensive outreach and training program, Habitat and its partners helped Haitians, nongovernmental organizations and international investors understand the processes for legally buying and selling land in Haiti. The work also covered protecting various property rights, including the rights of women. The groups also worked closely with government officials toward advancing and tackling land tenure issues. The results of this project include: - 1,525 participants in property law training. - 6,042 manuals distributed. - 3,302 participants in awareness outreach campaigns. - 482 government employees trained. * In Trinidad and Tobago, the Safe Shelter Through Landslide Mitigation project aims to reduce the devastating effects of frequent landslides on livelihoods, homes and household safety in the low-income community of Moriah. This program improves shelter safety through landslide mitigation measures, technical support and community training. The community of Moriah will acquire the technical knowledge and practical experience to build its own retaining walls and rainwater harvesting systems, and to stabilize hillsides by planting trees and ground cover. More than 400 people will be safer because of landslide mitigation construction, newly developed skills, and better community preparedness to recover from future landslides. Europe, Middle East and Africa organizations helped 118,110 individuals through new construction, rehabilitations, incremental construction and repairs. An additional 35,025 people benefited from preconstruction or design services provided by Habitat professionals for specific projects. Other accomplishments in the area include: * Habitat for Humanity Zambia celebrated the construction of more than 1,000 houses to help vulnerable populations in Ndola and over 3,000 houses in the Lusaka, Central, Copperbelt and Western provinces. * Under the Residential Energy Efficiency for Low-Income Housing project, Habitat for Humanity renovated 14 pilot buildings in Armenia and in Bosnia-Herzegovina and performed an energy analysis of 10 percent of the housing stock in the Tuzla Canton, supporting almost 4,000 individuals. In addition, an energy action plan was developed for Tuzla Canton and adopted by the local government. This policy change will affect 412 people and mobilize $200,000 in local subsidies for energy-efficient renovations.
$26.1m annual program spend • Public awareness and education Habitat for Humanity works diligently to share its message of strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter with a wide range of audiences. In print, electronic and visual media, it works to spread that message. Through events that spread public awareness, Habitat demonstrates those principles in action. Habitat, the magazine of Habitat for Humanity, shares the compelling stories of volunteers and homeowners, and reaches more than 2 million readers every year. Habitat is the electronic hub for interacting with constituents and provides a place to share Habitats work and educate site visitors. Below are a few examples of Habitats events and activities in fiscal year 2017, which helped to educate the public and raise awareness of Habitats mission: * The 34th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project took place in July at multiple sites in Canada. Volunteers and homeowners joined to build 150 homes in Edmonton, Alberta; Winnipeg, Manitoba; and other sites across Canada. * Habitats 2017 Shelter Report, Affordable for Good: Building Inclusive Communities Through Homes that Last, shines a light on permanently affordable housing. Affordable homes are constantly lost in the United States. This can happen because of a sudden catastrophe like the Great Recession of 2007-09, which plunged millions of homes into foreclosure. More often, however, it happens because of relentless appreciation in the value of local land and housing, which pushes rents and prices beyond the reach of people of modest means. The 2017 Shelter Report explores a number of ways that subsidy retention can be made a reality and assisted homes can be made to last. * On the first Monday in October, in observance of the United Nations-designated World Habitat Day, Habitat affiliates across the United States and organizations around the world staged special events to raise awareness and educate individuals and communities to call for programs, policies and systems that make possible a world where everyone has a decent place to live. * Habitat provides a variety of programs that enable hundreds of thousands of volunteers to work alongside homeowners in building and repairing safe, decent, affordable homes. Among these are Global Village trips; RV Care-A-Vanners, through which hundreds of retirees in Mobile homes crisscross the country helping others; Women Build, including National Women Build Week in May; and Collegiate Challenge.