The following is a note from Habitat Greater Boston President and CEO Jim Kostaras:

To say Greater Boston is in the midst of a housing crisis is an understatement. For too many families facing skyrocketing costs for inadequate housing, it’s an emergency.

At Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston, doing our part to meet the critical need for affordable housing means we need to ramp up our production of homes. As part of a larger strategy to do just that, we’ve made the difficult decision to increase the Build Day donation ask for corporate groups (the contribution for non-corporate groups, such as faith-based organizations, schools, and nonprofits will not change).

Beginning January 1, 2024, the contribution for a corporate Build Day will be $5,000 for a group of up to 10 volunteers, or $10,000 for up to 20 volunteers. This increase is the first adjustment to our Build Day contributions in nearly a decade. During that time, the COVID pandemic and associated supply chain delays, as well as a spike in inflation, have driven up construction costs significantly. Our operational costs have also climbed, as we’ve grown our staff to support the increased production of critically needed affordable homes in Boston and surrounding communities.

We’re grateful to our many corporate supporters who have helped us build more than 130 homes for Greater Boston families, and we recognize that this difficult but necessary step may be challenging for some. I invite anyone with questions or concerns to contact our staff at volunteers@habitatboston.org, or to reach out to me directly.

To all of our dedicated volunteers– know that when you join us on a build site, you’re not just building homes; you’re building a family’s future. Thank you all, and we look forward to welcoming your team for a Build Day soon.

– Jim Kostaras, Habitat Greater Boston President & CEO