Habitat for Humanity Buffalo is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charitable organization seeking to alleviate the shortage of quality affordable housing in Buffalo, New York.
Through volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money, land, and materials, Habitat Buffalo builds or rehabilitates simple, decent houses.
Families are selected based on their level of need, willingness to work, acceptance of responsibilities and ability to repay mortgage.
- Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller with the goal of eliminating poverty housing
- Owners contribute sweat equity and pay back the costs at no profit and no interest
- Mortgage payments are used to build more homes
- Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter are Habitat’s most famous volunteers
- Habitat is the 8th largest home builder in the USA according to Builder Magazine (2009)
- Habitat has built over 75,000 homes in the USA and 500,000 homes worldwide (90 other countries)
- Over 1,500+ USA affiliates including local affiliates: Niagara Falls, Orleans Cty, Lockport, Batavia
- For more information on Habitat International, check out www.habitat.org
Habitat for Humanity Buffalo
- Founded: 1985
- Built 25th home in 1994, 50th home in 1998, 75th home in 2000, 100th home in 2002, 150th home in 2005, 200th home in 2009
- Dedicated 239th house in January 2013
- Provided home ownership for 999 people including 651 children
- 75 families are currently working toward sweat equity qualification
- 90 cents of every dollar spent goes to construction
- Built on the East, West, North and South sides of Buffalo and the City of Lackawanna
- Habitat Buffalo ReStores – retail operation for used and discounted construction materials and home furnishings. The North store was established in 2005, the South store opened in 2010
- A new house build
- $80,000 – $90,000
- 4,000 labor hours
- A re-hab build
- $45,000 – $60,000
- 8,000 labor hours
- Re-habs get new heating, plumbing and electrical systems, new windows, siding, roofs, insulation, interiors.
- Building lots sold to Habitat by the City of Buffalo for $1.
- Habitat Buffalo is primarily financed by private donations from individuals, community groups, corporations, charities, foundations, schools, and religious organizations
- Use of government funds for new construction or renovation or repair of existing houses, for acquisition of land or houses in need of rehabilitation, or for streets, utilities, and administrative expenses, are sometimes utilized as long as the funds have no strings attached that would violate Habitat Buffalo’s principles.