Organizational Overview

Who We Are: Hawai‘i Habitat for Humanity Association is Hawaii’s state support organization for Habitat for Humanity International. Founded in 1997, Hawai‘i Habitat is a resource development and support organization that connects, strengthens, and accelerates the work of local Habitat for Humanity program office–or “affiliates”–throughout Hawai‘i. Our model brings together volunteer labor and donations with low-income partner families who purchase homes through no-profit, no-interest mortgages.

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

Our Vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

What We Do: Hawai‘i Habitat supports the seven local Habitat for Humanity affiliates throughout the state by securing funding for building homes, promoting the unique Habitat self-help model, and raising awareness that decent housing is a matter of conscience and action.

How We Work: Through a combination of volunteer labor and community partnerships, Hawai‘i Habitat affiliates work alongside local families in need—who invest their own “sweat equity”—to build decent, affordable homes. Homes are sold at cost and with 0% mortgages to allow low- and very-low income families a chance to achieve homeownership.

Our Impact: To date, Hawai‘i Habitat for Humanity affiliates have built, rehabilitated, and refurbished more than 420 homes, with many of those benefiting families and individuals of Native Hawaiian descent. In addition, we provide homeownership education and financial literacy skills as part of our larger effort to break the cycle of poverty among our partner families.

Our Plan: Hawai‘i Habitat for Humanity Association seeks to be a “backbone” of Habitat efforts in Hawai‘i, focusing on large-scale, statewide opportunities such as expansion of our revolving loan fund, establishment of a community land trust, advocacy for affordable housing, and facilitation of innovative opportunities for our affiliates and partner families. You can help us make a difference!

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