About Habitat for Humanity

Habitat Canada


Habitat for Humanity broke ground on its first home in Canada in 1985. Now, each year about 50,000 volunteers work with 72 Habitat for Humanity affiliates nationwide, helping to break the cycle of poverty for hundreds of low-income Canadian families. 


Habitat for Humanity Canada is a member of Habitat for Humanity International, which has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 400,000 houses worldwide, providing safe, decent and affordable shelter for more than 2 million people


HFHWR is an affiliate associated with Habitat Canada. Our focus, as an affiliate, is carrying out Habitat’s mission in the Waterloo Region.


Habitat International


Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 in Americus, Georgia by Linda and Millard Fuller. The program developed from the concept of "partnership housing", based on Christian principles, where those in need of adequate shelter work side by side with volunteers from all walks of life to build simple, decent houses.



In 1984 Habitat's most famous volunteer, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, along with his wife, Rosalyn, participated in their first Habitat build project. Their personal involvement in Habitat's ministry brought the organization national visibility and sparked interest in Habitat's work across the nation.



Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.


Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1,000,000 people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter.