To provide simple, decent homes in partnership with those
living in inadequate or sub-standard housing.
A World Where Everyone Has a Decent Place to Live
Habitat builds houses alongside families who demonstrate need and willingness to partner with Habitat. Families invest hundreds of hours of their own “sweat equity” labor into the houses. Their monthly mortgage payments help fund the construction of more houses. Inadequate shelter binds a family in struggle. A Habitat home frees them to enjoy self-reliance and self-respect. Children benefit, neighborhoods are changed and communities are improved.
Modeled on biblical principles, Habitat’s solution to the blight of substandard housing is popular with people for many political, professional, ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds. This is the essence of Habitat — inviting diverse individuals to find common ground through using a hammer, sharing a common goal, and building relationships as well as houses.
Habitat fosters reconciliation as people join together to build houses.In Northern Ireland, Protestants and Catholics work side by side on Habitat building sites. In Jordan and Egypt, Muslims and Christians are building bridges of hope. In South Africa, black and white residents heal wounds and form bond of friendship with their neighbors. And in Cottage Grove, we are working to make a difference in our own backyards.
Together we can build our community into a place that welcomes everyone. Together we can help our neighbors. Together we can make the world a better place, one home at a time.
“The Habitat Song” by The Annie Rhodes Band