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 Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester, Roxbury, Roslindale, and South Boston, and in surrounding communities, providing housing solutions to 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.


families with low-to-moderate incomes have benefitted from our housing solutions.

Our Mission:

Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston (Habitat Greater Boston) improves the lives of local 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. Partner families are selected for the program based on their income, level of need and willingness partner with us by contributing 250 to 300 hours of sweat equity helping to build their future homes. Partner families are required to have household incomes equal to 80% of the area median income or less.


Our Model:

Each family who partners with Habitat Greater Boston receives an affordable mortgage calculated so that no family pays more than 30% of their gross income on housing costs.  

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 through affordable homeownership.