About Us

Habitat for Humanity in the Greater Boston Area

Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston builds strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. We bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope by revitalizing neighborhoods, building sustainable and affordable housing solutions, and empowering families through successful homeownership. Since 1987, we have partnered with families with limited incomes and volunteers to build affordable homes and strengthen communities in the Greater Boston area.

Habitat Greater Boston is a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation and an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International.

Our Program

Through volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money, land, and materials, Habitat Greater Boston builds simple, decent houses. Families are selected based on their level of need, willingness to partner, and ability to repay a mortgage. They complete 300 hours of sweat equity by helping to construct their future home or working in other capacities alongside staff, volunteers, and sponsors. They also participate in homeowner education classes, like financial management and estate planning. Qualified families purchase Habitat homes with no down payment and pay an interest-free mortgage to Habitat, which enables them to afford owning their own home. For additional information on owning a home, please click here.

Habitat Greater Boston is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. Our projects are funded primarily by private donations from individuals, community groups, corporations, charities, foundations, schools, and religious organizations.

Habitat for Humanity's Vision

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Habitat for Humanity’s Mission Statement and Policy

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations will not proselytize. Nor will HFH work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with HFH. This means that HFH will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

Since 1987, we have partnered with families with limited incomes and volunteers to build affordable homes and strengthen communities in the Greater Boston area. This means that for over 30 years, we have helped families in the Boston area realize the dream of homeownership. Our philosophy is simple: we provide a hand-up, not a hand-out to families in need of new or improved housing. In our first 25 years, we served more than 100 families. Join our efforts today to help an even greater number of families.

2012 video celebrating 25 years serving Greater Boston families

Service Area

We serve the following Greater Boston areas:

Arlington Cambridge Everett Medford Revere Wellesley
Belmont Chelsea Lexington Melrose Somerville Weston
Boston Dedham Lincoln Needham Stoneham Winchester
Brookline Dover Malden Newton Waltham Winthrop
Watertown Woburn

If you live outside of our service area,
please contact your local affiliate.