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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 22 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

Volunteer with Us and Stop ‘Voluntourism’: #HelpingNotHelping

JK Rowling’s campaign #HelpingNotHelping is a much needed as it shines a light on the dangers of voluntourism. Now more than ever individuals need to do their research and understand the difference between organisations, their impact, and the work they do. It is often difficult for well-intentioned people to differentiate between volunteer work that will […]

Rampati’s story

Rampati and her husband dreamt that they would earn enough money for their three daughters to go to school, but two and a half years ago things changed. Rampati’s husband worked away from home and would come back to see the family every few months. On one of these visits, he was brutally attacked and […]

Lalita’s story

Lalita is 72 years old and lives alone in a shelter scrambled together with tarpaulin and branches that she had found locally. In 2017 she was swept away by a huge flood, but was luckily saved by her neighbors. “My only request is to build a house with a higher plinth level so when I […]

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