Our vision is a city – and a world – where everyone has a decent place to live.

Founded in 1984 as an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat NYC has served more than 1,200 families in the five boroughs through home construction and preservation, beginning with our very first build on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, during the first-ever Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. Since then, Habitat NYC has brought together thousands of New Yorkers each year who become part of the solution to New York’s affordable housing need.

Who We Serve

Habitat homebuyers are of low to moderate income, with a stable employment record and decent credit history. Participants are chosen based on their need, ability to pay, and willingness to fulfill the “sweat equity” component: helping to build their future home or those of their Habitat neighbors. We also improve public spaces, parks and community centers.

How We Work

We are a non-profit housing developer that works with both government agencies and philanthropic donors to offer hard-working New Yorkers “a hand up, not a hand out” helping families to build equity, financial stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership and financial education.

Why Homeownership Matters in NYC

It’s clear there is a housing crisis eroding our city’s culturally rich communities. Habitat NYC homes give families a path towards financial stability and the choice to remain within their communities.

  • “The first thing I will do when we move in is say a prayer and thank God for this blessing.”
    Erneita D.
    Habitat Homeowner

Our Impact


Families Served


Years serving NYC


Volunteers engaged each year



Habitat for Humanity International Mission

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.