Through shelter, we empower

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.

FY19/20 Year in Review

This last year has held many challenges for us all, yet it has also provided Habitat in New Zealand with some of its most significant opportunities. We are grateful for these opportunities and are grateful to you, our partners and supporters who enable us to achieve our mission.

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.

Home Ownership

Habitat has been helping New Zealanders with a hand up, not a hand-out in to home ownership for more than 25 years.

Progressive Home Ownership is a rent-to-buy system, with a strong emphasis on partnership with Habitat. This is for low to mid-income whanau who otherwise wouldn’t be able to achieve home ownership without some support.

Becoming a Habitat homeowner takes up to 10 years, begins with a rental phase, and involves the input of ‘sweat equity’ – 500 hours of a family’s own time dedicated to housing and finance-related education and mahi. 

Bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope

Habitat for Humanity is 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. 

The Need in New Zealand

The Need Internationally

What Makes a Decent Home

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