Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that builds strength, stability and independence for families through affordable home ownership.
Why is home ownership important?
Stability starts at home. For many years, research has shown that housing stability is a key determinant of health and human potential. This is particularly important for children’s physical, social and mental development and well-being.
Where are you building homes?
We’re building homes across Southern Alberta, including Airdrie-Crossfield, Brooks, Calgary, Drumheller, the Foothills, Medicine Hat, and Mountain View.
How many homes have you built?
We’ve built more than 184 homes and made home ownership possible for more than 250 families, affecting the lives of 517 children.
What kind of homes do you build?
We build modest, high-quality homes. Each home is approximately 1,000 square feet and is built to the environmental and architectural requirements of the communities where they're located.
How long have you been around for?
We have been building stability for families in Southern Alberta since 1990.
Yes, Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta is a registered Canadian charity and your donation is eligible for a tax receipt under CRA guidelines.
How does my gift make a difference?
Every gift, no matter the size, increases our ability to build strength, stability and independence for families through affordable home ownership.
How much does it cost to build a Habitat home?
Each home costs approximately $265,000, including the cost of construction and the cost of land. However, costs vary according to the design and architectural requirements of the community where we’re building, and whether the home will be built for families with special needs, such as accessibility.
Does fundraising normally cover all the costs of construction?
We are striving for that goal, but historically full community-based funding has not been achievable. Typically, Habitat covers the remaining cost through financing, donated building materials, and our mortgage build fund, which is our partner family mortgage payments.
Families are selected for partnership based on their need, financial capacity to take on an affordable mortgage, and their willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity. Learn more about family selection here.
What do partner families contribute and do families own their homes?
Each partner family invests 500 volunteer hours into building their homes or to other Habitat projects. Families then purchase their homes at fair market value from Habitat for Humanity with a no-down-payment, no-interest mortgage. The mortgage payments are determined according to income and will never exceed more than 25 per cent of each families' monthly household income. Find out more about Habitat family partnerships here.
ReStores carry appliances, furniture, building materials, home décor, lighting, plumbing, electrical supplies, paint, flooring, doors, windows, and much more.
Where does the product come from?
All of our product is donated by people like you in the community – both businesses and home owners – and then sold to the public at 40-60% below than their regular retail prices.
Is everything used?
No, a large portion of ReStore inventory is brand new product from wholesalers, small businesses, contractors and other distributors.
Is the ReStore owned by Habitat?
Yes, the ReStore is proudly owned and operated by Habitat for Humanity. The funds raised from the ReStore’s sales are used to cover the majority of Habitat’s overhead costs, so that donations to Habitat go directly toward building affordable homes.