Shelter from wind, rain and cold is a basic human need
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization. We are dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Our ministry was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, decent place to live in dignity and safety.

All are welcome
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.

We are driven by the desire to give tangible expression to the love of God through the work of eliminating poverty housing. Our mission and methods are predominantly derived from a few key theological concepts:

Faith


 Putting Faith into Action

 Habitat’s ministry is based on the conviction that to  follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, we must love  and care for one another. Our love must not be words  only — it must be true love, which shows itself in  action. Habitat provides an opportunity for people to  put their faith and love into action. We bring diverse  groups of people together to make affordable  housing and better communities a reality for  everyone.

Economics


 The Economics of Jesus

 When we act in response to human need, giving  what we have without seeking profit, we believe God  magnifies the effects of our efforts. We refer to this  perspective as “the economics of Jesus.” Together,  the donated labor of construction volunteers, the  support of partner organizations and the  homeowners’ “sweat equity” make Habitat’s house  building possible. By sharing resources with those in  need, Habitat volunteers and supporters have made  decent,affordable housing a reality for more than  300,000 families worldwide.

Hammer


 The Theology of the Hammer

 Habitat is a partnership founded on common ground  — bridging theological differences by putting love  into action. Everyone can use the hammer as an  instrument to manifest God’s love. Habitat’s late  founder, Millard Fuller, called this concept “the  theology of the hammer.” “We may disagree on all  sorts of other things,” said Fuller, “but we can agree  on the idea of building homes with God’s people in  need, and in doing so using biblical economics: no  profit and no interest.”Habitat for Humanity  welcomes all people to build with us in partnership.  “The Bible teaches that God is the God of the whole  crowd,” explained Fuller. “God’s love leaves nobody  out, and my love should not either. This  understanding drives ‘the theology of the hammer’  around the world, steadily building more and more  houses in more and more countries.