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Through shelter, we empower

Habitat for Humanity Australia is part of Habitat for Humanity, an international not-for-profit which originated in Georgia, United States in 1976.

Habitat for Humanity began as a grassroots effort. The housing organisation has since grown to become a leading global non-profit working in more than 70 countries. Worldwide, Habitat has helped more than 13.2 million people obtain safe and decent housing, along with the strength, stability and independence to build better lives.

Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families build a better tomorrow, today. Through shelter, we empower.

We believe it all starts at home

At Habitat for Humanity Australia, we believe a stable, secure home creates the foundation for change. A safe home gives people the opportunity to be healthier, happier and more secure, and for children to be better nourished and better educated. We believe building a decent home provides much more than bricks and mortar – it provides real hope for the future.

Building a house for one family, changes the lives of so many more. For around AUD$3,000*, we can build a house for an entire family.

*The average cost of building a new home in one of our Asia-Pacific countries.

provide a hand

We provide a hand-up, not a hand-out

We don’t give hand-outs; we give people hand-ups by building homes in partnership with families in Australia and overseas. We work with the most vulnerable families to build new homes transforming lives, and support development of housing finance and construction markets so that more working poor families can access affordable and safe housing.

We do more than just build houses

We not only build homes, we build communities. We address water supply and sanitation issues and in some communities provide health and educational services – like teaching financial literacy and livelihood training. This is vital knowledge communities can share with others. It’s a ‘pay it forward’ model and the beginning of generational change.

Read our stories

Water for Women Fiji

Habitat for Humanity’s Water for Women project strengthens community resilience and inclusion. Community members are involved in the design of the project, which aims to increase fair access to WASH for 50 communities. Over 4.5 years, this project will address the WASH needs of those most marginalised in Fijian communities, most vulnerable to natural hazards […]

Update: Indonesian Earthquake

The year 2018 was known as Indonesia’s deadliest year since 2007, according to its national disaster mitigation agency. At least 4,231 people died or were declared missing. The figure includes fatalities in the earthquake and tsunami that hit Central Sulawesi and the earthquake that affected Lombok Island. Habitat for Humanity Indonesia’s responses are as follows: […]

Urmila’s story

Urmila’s husband suddenly disappeared one day in 2003. The Maoist war was still raging in the country and disappearances were quite common during those days. Some people told her that he got killed, but Urmila has neither heard from her husband nor seen his dead body in the decade and a half since he went […]

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