A decent home is a foundation for a better life.
Just like food, clothing, education and medical care housing is a basic human right.
Worldwide 1.6 billion people live in poor housing conditions. As a result their health is poor, they struggle to pay bills, buy food or afford medical care. They can’t build up their lives and are stuck in a cycle of poverty. The percentage of people without access to decent housing is rising worldwide, and also in New Zealand.
A decent place to live for everyone
Habitat for Humanity believes everybody deserves a decent place to live. With the help of thousands of volunteers each year, we build new homes, we repair and renovate houses to meet the needs of their occupants and we run social rental properties that make affordability housing accessible.
The results of Habitat’s effort are more than the sum of nails, paint and bricks.
An adequate environment fundamentally changes the foundation of a family. It builds stronger families, improved health and proper environments for children to study and grow. The end result often leads to families gaining new employment opportunities.
Research shows strong links between housing and physical health, mental health, educational achievements and lower crime rates. Improved housing positively impacts all these factors within a family’s life. These outcomes benefit not only the family but the wider community, the economy, and society as a whole. Addressing the housing issue is more than an act of charity, it is an investment in the future of our society.
No hand outs, no giveaways, just a little help
Habitat’s Assisted Home Ownership programme is not a give-away programme. Families who receive a hand up from Habitat agree to work in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Sweat equity is the investment a family makes in their future. Families invest a minimum of 500 hours of their time to build their own home or another Habitat home for others in their communities.
Help such as volunteer labour, donated or discounted building materials and reduced loans help to keep a house affordable. Once the home is completed the family makes affordable regular repayments to Habitat at a no profit basis. Our rent-then-buy model helps families build up a deposit which they can use when seeking independent finance to eventually buy their home from Habitat.
Bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope
Habitat for humanity are a charity with a proud Christian tradition, today we build and repair homes for 100,000’s of people around the world. Habitat has an open-door policy: All who desire to be a part of this work are welcome, regardless of religious preference or background. We have a policy of building with people in need regardless of race or religion. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds. Find out more about our Christian mission.
Habitat for Humanity NZ is a member of Habitat for Humanity International, which has built more than 800,000 houses worldwide, with an average family size of five. That’s four million people whose living conditions have been improved through Habitat’s work. Read more about Habitat for Humanity International.