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Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that builds strength, stability and independence for families through affordable home ownership.
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.
We’re building homes across Southern Alberta. See where we're building now.
We build modest, high-quality homes.Each home is approximately 1,100 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths, and is built to the environmental and architectural requirements of the communities where they're located.
Habitat for Humanity was established in Southern Alberta in 1990.
No; Habitat for Humanity’s mission to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable home ownership is the same in every community.
However, the way in which Habitat addresses the need for affordable home ownership is different and is customized to meet the local needs.
Mortgage models, funding models, qualification criteria, and more, are all dependent on the local needs and economy.
You can donate online– it’s fast, easy and secure. Or, if you'd prefer, you can give us a call at (403) 253-9331 or send a cheque to: 210-805 Manning Road NE, Calgary AB, T2E 7M8.
Yes, Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta is a registered Canadian charity and your donation is eligible for a tax receipt under CRA guidelines.
Yes, you can! Find more information here.
Every gift, no matter the size, increases our ability to build strength, stability and independence for families through affordable home ownership.
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.
We’re fortunate to have a diverse set of supporters like you, from sponsors, donors, and event participants to Build Day groups, legacy donors, and more.
We’re also fortunate to have a thriving social enterprise in our ReStores, which contribute significantly to our administration costs and generate nearly $1M for Habitat each year.
In addition, every Habitat homeowner’s mortgage payments in Southern Alberta are put into our “Fund for Humanity” and are used to help more families through Habitat.
Funding from municipal, provincial and federal governments also contribute and vary, depending on the year and the project.
This diversity allows us to be financially stable and sustainable and continue to help families, even through tough economic times.
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.
There are a number of ways to support Habitat. Some of these include sponsorships, donations of land or building materials, hosting or participating in fundraising events and participating in our Build Day Program.
Families qualify for Habitat's affordable mortgage based on several factors, including need, financial capacity, and willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity.
The first step to buying a home through Habitat is to take see if you meet the basic qualification criteria on the Eligibility Quiz.
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.
There are many opportunities to volunteer with Habitat on our construction sites, and at our ReStores or with fundraising events.
No, we have experienced construction staff and Crew Leaders who will lead you and teach you everything you need to know.
Group build participation is organized through our Build Day Program.
Habitat for Humanity created ReStores to provide an ongoing revenue stream that could cover the administration costs of the charity. This award-winning social enterprise means we keep fundraising costs low while directing more donations towards building homes.
ReStores accept donations of gently used appliances, furniture, building materials and more, and sells them to the public at significant discounts.
ReStores carry appliances, furniture, building materials, home décor, lighting, plumbing, electrical supplies, paint, flooring, doors, windows, and much more.
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.
No, a large portion of ReStore inventory is brand new product from wholesalers, small businesses, contractors and other distributors.
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.
Yes, you can bring items to our donation centres during business hours. Find the location nearest you and the hours of operation.
Yes, the ReStore is able to schedule pick-ups for large items or large quantities of product. All items will be inspected by ReStore staff and to ensure they meet our donation criteria.
Yes, there are opportunities to volunteer at the ReStore every day of the week. Volunteers can assist with all elements of retail operations – from receiving and organizing inventory, to assisting customers and creating displays.
Yes, donations to the ReStore with a resale value of $150 or greater are eligible to receive a tax receipt.
No, the ReStore does not offer a delivery services for product purchased; however our team can provide contact information for third-party delivery options.