Habitat for Humanity Canada is a non-profit organization working across the country towards the goal of providing everyone with a safe, decent place to live.
How it works
Habitat creates affordable ownership housing to low-income households using a volunteer-based model. Partner families (those eventually moving into a home) commit 500 volunteer hours to building a home, and Habitat brings in additional volunteers and donated materials. Once the home is built, the family moves in and pays a monthly no down-payment, no-interest mortgage on the house set at 25-30% of the family’s gross income. (Housing is deemed affordable in Canada if it costs the inhabitant no more than 30% of his/her income.)
All mortgage payments are re-invested in the program to build more homes for Canadians.
How to get involved
Habitat’s homeowner selection is based on the applicant’s level of need, willingness to become a partner in the program, and ability to repay the no down-payment, interest-free, geared-to-income mortgage. Check out their website for more information.
More than 50,000 volunteers work with Habitat every year. Learn more about volunteering here.