Mission and 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 individuals with low-to-moderate incomes. Our geographic service area encompasses the City of Boston and its 25 surrounding municipalities. We are an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International.

We serve the following Greater Boston areas:

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


individuals with low-to-moderate incomes benefit from our housing solutions.

Our Mission:

Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston (Habitat Greater Boston) improves the lives of hardworking families through access to affordable homeownership. Our unique and empowering model brings together groups of dedicated volunteers and families with low-to-moderate incomes 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 individuals and families with low-to-moderate incomes, 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 willingness to invest 250 to 300 hours of sweat equity. Partner families are required to have household incomes within 40%-80% of the area median income in Greater Boston, adjusted for family size.

“Habitat Greater Boston partner families are required to complete 250 to 300 hours of sweat equity building their homes – that adds up to more than 30 days on-site!”

Happy and proud homeowners.


Habitat Boston family pays:

30% or less of their gross annual income on housing costs.

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 Vision:

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