Mission and History

 

History:

Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston was incorporated as a Massachusetts non-profit in 1987. Since that time, we have built more than 120 homes in the neighborhoods of Dorchester, Roxbury, Roslindale, South Boston, and suburban communities in Greater Boston, providing housing solutions to more than 600 lower-income individuals. Our geographic service area encompassing the City of Boston and its 25 surrounding municipalities. We are an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International.

 

Our Mission:

Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston improves the lives of hardworking local families through access to affordable homeownership. This unique and empowering model brings together groups of dedicated volunteers and lower income families to build affordable and environmentally sustainable homes while strengthening local communities.

Our Partner Families:

Habitat Greater Boston’s homeownership program offers a critical pathway to stability and financial well-being for lower income families with children, and ultimately leads to improved health, education, safety, and wealth outcomes. Our partner families are selected for the program based on their income, level of need and ability to invest 300 hours of sweat equity. Partner families are required to have household incomes within 50-80% of the area median income in Greater Boston, adjusted for family size. Future homeowners are typically employed in steady, lower wage jobs in the social service, healthcare, and hospitality industries.

Our Model:

In addition to building simple, sustainable, and low-cost homes, Habitat Greater Boston also subsidizes the purchase of each home by a partner family by providing no-interest mortgage loans. Furthermore, the family pays 30% or less of their gross annual income on housing costs. Habitat Greater Boston also supports partner families in times of hardship to prevent mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures.

Our Goal:

Inspired by a vision where everyone has a decent place to live, Habitat Greater Boston’s overarching goal is to improve the wellbeing of lower-income families and interrupt generational cycles of poverty through successful homeownership.