What is Habitat for Humanity?

who we are

Habitat for Humanity Kingston Limestone Region is one of 56 Habitat affiliates in Canada and one of 1,400 affiliates worldwide sharing a common vision of safe and decent housing for all. At Habitat for Humanity Kingston Limestone Region, we serve the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington regions to ensure hardworking families in need of better housing to have a safe and affordable place to live.

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what is habitat for humanity

our vision

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

our mission

We bring communities together to help families build strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership.

our history

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Millard and Linda Fuller founded the Habitat for Humanity movement in 1976 in Georgia. In 1984, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn took their first Habitat work trip, the Jimmy Carter Work Project, to New York City. Their personal involvement in Habitat’s ministry has brought wide-spread global awareness to our organization and its work. The housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 70 countries.

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Habitat for Humanity Canada was founded in 1985. With the help of volunteers, Habitat homeowners and 56 local Habitats working in every province and territory, we provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Canada and around the world.

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our core values

housing for all

Access to safe, decent and affordable housing is a basic human right that should be available to everyone.

human dignity

We believe in the worth and dignity of every human being. We respect the people we serve and those who help us in this effort. People are our greatest resource.

partnership

We can best achieve our mission through meaningful and mutually beneficial partnerships with others.

faith in action

We believe that faith is lived through action. Building on our foundation, we serve and work with people of all faiths and beliefs in a spirit of justice and compassion.

diversity and inclusiveness

There is a role for everyone committed to our vision, mission and values. We seek to enrich our organization through diversity.

what we do

Habitat for Humanity Kingston Limestone Region partners with families, businesses, organizations, and individuals to build simple, affordable, and energy efficient homes. These homes are sold to selected families through long term, no-interest mortgages.

home ownership brings strength stability and self-reliance

how it works

Through our unique affordable home ownership program, we offer families a hand up, empowering them to build strength, stability and self-reliance.

We make this possible for our partner families by:

Selling homes to partner families with no down payment required aside from a required commitment of 500 volunteer hours, also called “sweat equity” – helping build their home, other Habitat homes, or helping in our ReStores.
We offer families an affordable and sustainable no-interest, no down-payment mortgage, with monthly payments capped at 30% of gross income.
Every family attends financial education workshops to prepare them for first-time homeownership.
Partner families’ monthly mortgage payments go into a revolving fund held by the affiliate that built the home. This fund is reinvested into the community, as it is used to build more homes for low-income families in need.
Habitat homes help families avoid making impossible choices between rent and other basic necessities by providing them with a mortgage they can afford. An affordable mortgage allows our partner families to ensure their needs are met – including childcare, transportation, groceries, education, school supplies, medical and dental expenses, clothing, furniture, and more
Habitat for Humanity Kingston Limestone Region keeps build costs low through:

  • Low administrative costs,
  • volunteer labour,
  • donations and financial support from our community partners,
  • ReStore donations and purchases, and
  • as much as possible, donated or reduced-cost building materials and services.

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