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At Habitat for Humanity Australia, we believe in helping low-income families achieve the dream of building and owning their own home

To date Habitat for Humanity Australia has built more than 160 homes in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland.

Families partner with Habitat for Humanity in the construction of their home. Each partner family receives an interest free, 20 year loan based on 95 percent of the market value of the completed home.

Partner families contribute 500 hours of their own time in the planning and construction phases. This is called ‘sweat equity’ and is recognised in the 5 percent discount on market value that we return to them. For example, if a home is valued at $300,000, the partner family will have accumulated effectively $15,000 in equity, from their own efforts, on the day they move in.

As part of Habitat for Humanity’s pay it forward model, partner family loan repayments go towards building new homes for other families in our program.

We also help disadvantaged families through the Brush with Kindness program.

Brush with Kindness mobilises teams of volunteers to conduct landscaping and minor repairs to the exterior of homes of people who may be disadvantaged, disabled or socially isolated.

Visit our State Partners’ pages to donate, and for information on current activities and home ownership opportunities.

Becoming a Habitat Partner Family

When a housing project has been approved by the local council and is almost ready to commence, a local public meeting is held to fully explain the application process of becoming a Habitat partner family. Typically, housing is located in regional areas, where the cost of land is more affordable.

Applications forms are available at this public meeting and families applying are assessed on the following criteria:

  • The level of ‘housing affordability stress’ they are experiencing.
  • Their ability to borrow funds to buy or build a home, through conventional financial instruments.
  • Their willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity in sharing in home ownership, until the loan is re-paid.
  • Their willingness and ability to contribute a minimum of 500 hours of their own time in contributing to the build process of their home – we call this ‘sweat equity’ and it may include basic skills and financial training.
  • After all applications have been reviewed, the family assessed as being in the greatest ‘need’ is selected.

Read our stories

Volunteering over International Women’s Day

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Habitat for Humanity Australia mobilised 170 volunteers from 15 teams of corporate volunteers to renovate women’s refuges and transitional accommodation in Sydney.

Giving a hand up in South Australia

Last week, eight staff members from AMP took time out from their work to lend a helping hand to local resident and Aboriginal elder Christina in Elizabeth Park, South Australia.

Furnished homes for people sleeping rough

When Stuart* moved into a one-bed apartment in Sydney’s inner city after years of living on the streets and in hostels, all he had was an “emergency pack” of air mattress and bedding, plus a borrowed TV. Today, he has a furnished home, thanks to Habitat for Humanity volunteers.